Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Multiple births are in the news all the time.
In fact, the UK news has been full of a
couple who has had three sets of twins and
a woman who gave birth to quintuplets
without fertility help! Twins are fascinating
and there are a lot of questions and
suspicion surrounding them. Here are
some interesting and fun facts about them.
1. Male Twins Won’t Necessarily Have
It has always been said that twins run in
the family but it is really only in the female
side of the family.
Two eggs (or one egg that splits) must
occur for twins and if a woman doesn’t
have the genetic predisposition to have
twins then they won’t happen.
2. Identical Twins Are Not Genetic
If a woman has identical twins, they will
not necessarily have them. Twins are
genetic – due to the woman have the
ability to release two eggs.
Identical twins occur because the egg splits
in two but this is not something that is
3. Twins Have Different Fingerprints
Identical twins have the same DNA, which
is the makeup for our looks, eye colour and
However, the fingerprints are different
between the two are completely different.
There is nothing to state why this happens.
4. Vanishing Twins
While carrying twins, a woman is 15%-20%
likely to lose one of them. There is no clear
reason why this happens as miscarriages
and stillbirths are still being researched.
Due to the early miscarriages, experts are
suggesting that one in eight people actually
start their life in the womb as a twin
without the mother ever knowing.
5. Twins Are Born Early
More than 50% of twins are born at the 37
week mark. This is three weeks earlier than
the expected due date but is still
considered full term.
The average weight of twins is 5lbs 5oz.
6. A Different Language
Around 40% of twins will develop their
This helps them communicate easily when
they are young and also means that they
can talk to each other without people
knowing what they are saying.
It also shows the close bond that the two
7. Twins Can Have Different Dads
The term twin usually refers to babies that
are born at the same time. It is possible for
them to have different dads. This occurs
when two eggs are released at the same
time but are fertilised with different sperm.
Between one and two percent of twins will
have different fathers and they can be
8. Twins Can Have Different Birthdays
It is possible for twins to be born on
different days. The second baby will not
always follow the first one right away and
can take an extra hour or two.
In very rare cases, babies can be born days
or even months apart depending on
medical issues. There have been cases of
twins born years apart due to fertilisation
happening outside of the womb for help
This is very rare though.
The official Facebook account of superstar
entertainer, D’banj, is now verified, making him
the second Nigerian to be verified on the social
Until now, President Goodluck Jonathan was
the only Nigerian verified on Facebook.
It is believed that a Facebook verification is not
so easy to come by, but Eja Nla, with almost
800,000 likes on the network now has a blue
ribbon beside his name, showing his
No doubt about it, he is on top of the world!
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is known as the
Queen of Nollywood, Nigeria’s booming
movie industry. Since her 1995 film debut,
the actress has appeared in some 300
movies, selling millions of videos and
establishing herself as a Nollywood icon.
A prolific film siren, Jalade-Ekeinde has
also carved out a successful career as a
singer and reality TV star. But there’s more
to Nigeria’s beloved celebrity than her
glittering entertainment career. Here are
10 things to know about Jalade-Ekeinde.
She’s an icon: Last year, she was named
as one of the top 100 influential people in
the world by Time Magazine, in the Icons
category. “I think that’s what gives me
more satisfaction,” she says. “The fact that I
wasn’t just recognized as an artist but as an
icon — I’m very grateful for it.”
She is an activist: Jalade-Ekeinde uses
her stardom to speak out about social
issues affecting various African countries.
An ambassador for the United Nations and
an activist with Amnesty International,
Jalade-Ekeinde has been on missions to
Sierra Leone and Liberia.
She’s a family woman: Jalade-Ekeinde
is married to an airline pilot and is a
mother of four children.
The story behind “Omosexy:” Her
popular nickname, “Omosexy,” was given
to her by her husband — and it has caught
on. “That’s my husband’s pet name for me,”
she says, “and the fans love it and now
people call me Omosexy almost more than
Her fans love her: Jalade-Ekeinde has
amassed a large following — in 2013, her
Facebook page has surpassed 1 million
likes. Today, it’s 1.2 million, and counting
Her road to stardom was paved with
childhood tragedy: Jalade-Ekeinde lost
her beloved father in her early teens. She
started working at 15 to help support her
family, her first job being a model.
Her mother didn’t like the idea of her
young daughter acting and initially forbade
Jalade-Ekeinde from doing so. Finally, she
gave in after a film director, joined by the
entire movie crew, went to her house to
beg her to allow Jalade-Ekeinde to appear
in the “Venom of Justice” movie.
She is part of “New Nollywood:” Keen
to improve the quality of Nollywood
movies , Jalade-Ekeinde is now building a
film studio — what she calls a “Village.”
“I’ve come to a place where I realize I have
to leave something,” she says. “I have to
have a legacy.
President Goodluck Jonathan has sent the
Cybercrime Bill 2013 to the Senate to be enacted
The bill titled, “Cybercrime Bill, 2013” was sent
to Senate President David Mark.
“I hereby introduce for formal consideration and
enactment into law by the Distinguished Senate
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the
Cybercrime Bill, 2013,” Jonathan said.
The President did not give details as to the
content of the Bill and the punishment to be
meted out to those who violate its statutes.
The Federal Government is suspected by
Nigerians of trying to curtail the use of social
media in the country, due to the manner by
which Nigerian citizens use it to protest against
bad leadership, and corruption.
in 2011, Senator Gbenga Kaka (APC, Ogun East)
presented a bill to stop cybercrime. That bill
came under controversy due to a section related
to social media.
Section 13 (3) stipulated seven-year term for
those that give false information on social
media. Due to public outcry, the Senate decided
to expunge that section.
Senator Kaka, while briefing journalists, said,
“Following the public hearing, which was held
after the second reading, the Section 13 (3) of
the provision was taken exception to by the
“And since the bill is now in the public, I
decided to consult with the Senate Committee
Chairmen on Information and Judiciary, and
after consultation we resolved that Section 13
(3) of the proposed bill could be abused at any
point in time and could be misinterpreted and
as a result, I have their permission to announce
to the world that that section shall be deleted.
“I thank all those who have made contribution
both locally and internationally for the
enrichment they have brought into the bill
“I want to assure you that I don’t have monopoly
of power or knowledge and so we still welcome
more suggestions and debates that can further
enrich the bill so that it will be to the overall
interest of the country.
“The bill is targeted against the misuse of the
internet which in other countries is used for the
development and growth of the various
communities and in our own case, it was an
attempt to curb the activities of internet
scammers who always give us bad name both
locally and internationally.
“Section 13 (3) of the bill states that anyone who
intentionally propagate false information that
could threaten the security of the country or that
is capable of inciting the general public against
the government through electronic message,
shall be guilty of an offence and upon
conviction, shall be sentenced to seven years
imprisonment or N5 million fine or both.”