[FOODIES CORNER] Nigerian Foods that can increase your chances of conceiving twin


If you and your spouse are wondering what to eat to become pregnant with twins faster, this article is for you. Your genetics aren’t the only thing that can help; your dietary habits are also important.

In this post, we have listed many meals that are said to promote fertility, giving you a better chance of greeting two pairs of little feet in one go.

1. Yam

In a study, it was noticed that in Nigeria, people of the Yoruba clan have a high rate of twin births. It was observed that it was as a result of a significant amount of yams in their diet.

Yam is a rich source of progesterone and phytoestrogens, and this may lead to hyper-ovulation. Hence, it was reported that the high amount of yam in their diet was a reasonable cause of twin or multiple births.

In Igbo-Ora, another town located in Oyo State, Nigeria. The diet of locals is very rich in yams and this has contributed to a twin birth rate four times higher than the global average.



During ovulation, most women release one egg and twins are conceivable if the egg splits into two after fertilization or if two separate eggs get fertilized. Reports have shown that eating cassava, a plant with a tuber root may help a woman release excess eggs during ovulation, leading to more babies. Though, chances are that the twins may not be identical but fraternal as two eggs get fertilized.

Interestingly, the diet of the Yoruba people in Nigeria is also in cassava, a research was carried out at the University Teaching Hospital Lagos for their multiple births suggested that a high level of a compound was found in the Yoruba women and the peelings of the tuber are responsible for the high level of multiple births.

3. Okra leaves (Abelmoschus esculentus)

A long time ago it was discovered that the town of Igbo-Ora, Oyo State, Nigeria was the twin capital of the world; the local’s revealed one of the secrets of their multiple births – okra leaves.

The indigenes said that a species of okra leaves, locally known as ewe ilasa, is responsible for making women who use it in their diet give birth to twins. According to the community leader in a 2013 meeting, he said, “We eat a lot of the okra leaf or ilasa soup.”

Another indigene also said that “There is no man or woman in this town who doesn’t know how to eat okra soup. We cook the leaves called ewe (ilasa leaves) regularly than any other soup”.


4. Sweet potato


5. Beans and lentils


6. Okra and Okra Water