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Mother has no problem telling her twin boys apart because one is black and the other is white

A mother has given birth to twins she will definitely have no problem telling apart because they were born with different skin colours – one is black and one is white.

Daniel and David Omirin were born just minutes apart, but look very different. 

Despite parents Stacy, 30, and Babajide, 38, being black, baby David has pale white skin and golden hair. 

His brother Daniel, has dark skin and dark curly hair – just like his parents and four-year-old sister, Demilade.  

Despite parents Stacy, 30, and Babajide, 38, being black, baby David has pale white skin and golden hair

Daniel and David Omirin were born just minutes apart, but look very different. Despite parents Stacy, 30, and Babajide, 38, being black, baby David has pale white skin and golden hair

His brother Daniel, has dark skin and dark curly hair - just like his parents and four-year-old sister, Demilade

His brother Daniel, has dark skin and dark curly hair – just like his parents and four-year-old sister, Demilade

David has albinism, which means his skin and hair lack pigmentation due to a congenital absence of melanin. 

The twins attract attention every time they go outside in Lagos, Nigeria. 

Mother Stacy, a clothes designer, said the pair are treated like celebrities whilst out and about and people often question whether both children are hers.      

She said: ‘I have to answer questions all the time when we are out.

‘People say ”excuse me madam, which one of the kids is yours?”

‘I just say both of them are mine and people look at me as if I am joking.

‘But I was surprised too when they were born, even as their mum.

‘When the doctor told me my kids are not identical I didn’t know what to expect.

‘But then I saw they had different colour hair and skin and I couldn’t believe it, so I’m not surprised other people are shocked too.’

David has albinism, which means his skin and hair lack pigmentation due to a congenital absence of melanin

David has albinism, which means his skin and hair lack pigmentation due to a congenital absence of melanin

Mother Stacy, a clothes designer, said the pair are treated like celebrities whilst out and about and people often question whether both children are hers

Mother Stacy, a clothes designer, said the pair are treated like celebrities whilst out and about and people often question whether both children are hers

Daniel and his fair-skinned brother David were born on February 26 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Mother-of-three Stacy, delivered the twins by C-section and recalled the moment she first clapped eyes on her unique babies.

She had no idea they had different skin colours until they were born.

‘It was a massive surprise’, she said.

‘Daniel came first, and then the nurse said the second baby has golden hair.

‘I thought how can this be possible. I looked down and saw David, he was completely white.

‘I called my husband in so he could see what we had here. I didn’t understand.

‘He couldn’t believe what he saw either. They are so adorable and it felt like we had been given a miracle.

Daniel and his fair-skinned brother David were born on February 26 in Lagos, Nigeria

Daniel and his fair-skinned brother David were born on February 26 in Lagos, Nigeria

‘In Nigeria I have never seen a thing like this. To be honest I have never seen anything like this before in twins.

‘They do look like brothers but their hair and skin are just completely different.’

Stacy said nurses and doctors flocked to her bedside to take photographs of the newborns.

Many medics had ‘never seen anything like it’, she said.

Stacy said nurses and doctors flocked to her bedside to take photographs of the newborns

Many medics had 'never seen anything like it', she said

Stacy said nurses and doctors flocked to her bedside to take photographs of the newborns. Many medics had ‘never seen anything like it’, she said

David was born with a condition called oculocutaneous albinism which affects one in 20,000 births each year.

There are no figures available for how many sets of twins are born where only one has albinism, although other cases have been reported in The Netherlands and Mozambique.

Stacy and the twins were discharged from hospital after four days.

And when she introduced them to friends and family for the first time – their instant reaction was ‘wow’.

What is alibinism and how does it work? 

Jim Wilson, a population geneticist at the University of Edinburgh, told the BBC: ‘Our skin colour is determined by a number of gene variants – at least 20 variants, I would say, probably quite a few more than that.

‘Some of these we know, and some of them we don’t yet know, and at each of these genes, that are influencing the colour of our skin, there tends to be two or more variants. 

‘One of which is producing a darker skin tone, and one of which is producing a lighter skin tone.

‘I think of it as a deck of cards. Imagine you are at the casino and you have been dealt a hand of cards, some will be black, and some red.’

Stacy said: ‘The family think they are wonderful and they are very popular in our family.

‘They are so beautiful and cute and to all of us they are adorable.’

Stacy believes she is ‘blessed’ to be the mother of Daniel and David who despite their obvious visual differences, have matching playful personalities.

The twins are the best of friends who love to dance with father Babajide, who works at a printing firm.

Stacy said: ‘I have never had any negative comments and I am not scared of what people think.

‘It feels great to me to be their mum. It doesn’t matter to me what colour their skin is because they are my babies.

‘All that matters is that I have my boys.’

Incidences of oculocutaneous albinism are rare in African countries and Stacy believes David could be one of the only albino babies in Lagos.

She has also recalled times when women have told her they will ‘pray’ at night, hoping to one day give birth to twins like Daniel and David.

‘To meet babies like Daniel and David is not common here’, said Stacy.

‘They are special to everyone and I love them.

‘It feels special to be their mother because they are a special kind of twins.

‘I believe I am blessed and I am so proud of them.’

Stacy added how she has recently been contacted by a UK-based modelling agency who have got in touch regarding potential photoshoots.

Plans are at an early stage but a possible trip to England has already been discussed, she said.

Stacy is now looking forward to spending her first Christmas at home with Daniel, David and the rest of her family. 

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