Nigeria’s oldest twin sisters, Mrs Esther Taiwo Olukoya and Emily Kehinde Ogunde celebrated their 100th birthday together in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State on Wednesday the 13th of March.
The twins, who are also great grandmothers, are sisters of the town’s late traditional ruler, Oba Aderibigbe Martins, the Olugbani of Okun Owa.they were joined in hearty celebration by residents and family from across the world.
The whole town bedecked in their Sunday best celebrated their special senior citizens’ special day and centenary birthday yesterday, Saturday March 16 , 2013 at their country home in Okun-Owa.
They were traders as was the practice back in their time, but Kehinde, one of the wives of Late doyen of Nigerian theatre, Chief Hubert Ogunde, also assisted her husband in the theatre business working at the background. Mrs Ogunde’s first husband was Mr OLUKOGA who died at an early age, making her to marry Chief Hubert Ogunde later in life.
At the holy communion service conducted by Venerable Oguntoye who was so enthusiastic that for the first time in his 30 years of evangelical work he was conducting a birthday service for not just a centenarian but for centenarian twins. During the service, the twins displayed their singing prowess, causing their guests to burst into a frenetic explosion of joy.
At a hundred years of age, the twins still have their complete dentition and Kehinde, the wife of late Chief Hubert Ogunde sprang to her feet when a delegation of Ogunde’s children sang some of Ogunde’s songs.
They were born exactly on March 13, 1913 at Okun Owa, Ijebu’ Ogun State.
Mrs Esther Taiwo Olukoya and Mrs Emily Kehinde Ogunde who looked almost identical but for the fact that Taiwo is a little on the chubby side than Kehinde, may probably be the third set of twins in the world to hit the century age and perhaps the first in Africa.
Though Taiwo due to weak limbs uses the wheel chair, she still walked to her seat aided by children while Taiwo walks slowly unaided. Both were full of smiles as they cut their birthday cake.