Two twin brothers who were born in Nigeria just last year have made the rounds on Instagram due to their unlikely story. Why? Despite being biologically identical, twins Daniel and David look nothing alike.
Daniel is black with dark hair while David has light skin and golden blonde hair.
Their mother, Stacey, recently shared their story with Bored Panda, describing her surprise by the twins differences.
“We did not know about their differences while I was pregnant, the scan did not show such so it was a huge surprise and the most amazing moment when the first twin [Daniel] came out with black hair and the second twin [David] came out with gold hair,” she shared.
“I had them through CS, so the doctors were like: ‘It seems you are having totally unidentical twins.'” Talk about a surprise!
It was soon discovered that David has albinism – a rare genetic condition that affects 1 in 20,000 people worldwide.
This happens when the body produces little or no melanin, which results in light skin as well as lack of hair pigment. In Nigeria, where the family resides, actually has the highest rate of the condition in the world, despite it being fairly rare. And while it can lead to other complications, such as vision issues, David is thankfully, perfectly healthy.
The boys quickly attracted fans shortly after their birth.
“Before I knew it, nurses started coming out to look at them,” said Stacy, who also mothers an older daughter. Her husband was in shock as well.
“Their dad was really overwhelmed and immediately named My Twin 2 [David] ‘Golden,’ so he fondly calls him Mr. Golden. He was all overjoyed seeing his boys. He stood for more than 10 minutes staring at them and said he was just looking at God’s wonderful work and that they are his best gift ever.”
The boys have garnered a following of almost 19K people who are gunning to see the sweet photos and videos that Stacy posts.
“We opened an [Instagram] account for them because we believe they have a story to tell to the world and also as a way of creating awareness,” Stacy told Bored Panda. In addition, she also reveals that clothing brands have taken an interest in working with her boys.
The family frequently attracts stares, and sometimes, folks even ask her “which one is hers.”
“There’re always side talks whenever we go out, people often wanna know how and what’s happening and maybe due to their cute and adorable nature, you just wanna come close to say hello,” she shared.
But despite the boys being twins, she points out how they have distinct differences that are not related at all to their looks.
“Daniel is more expressive while David is an observer,” she told Bored Panda. “Both of them are highly inquisitive. Daniel is a foodie while David is quite picky; Daniel is extremely playful while David chooses moments; Daniel always likes to play the bigger brother role; they are both energetic.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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