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Watch the Concluding Part of the Trip to Twin City, Igbo – Ora and learn how to make the “Twin Birth” Soup – Ilasa on BN TV



Odunayo has been on a tour of Igbo – Ora in Oyo state where she has been speaking to parents of twins and some of the twins themselves as seen in the last two videos, Click here and here if you missed it.

In the concluding part of the series, Odunayo shows us how to prepare Ilasa and the ingredients used to cook it, with the help of Mama – our chef for the day.

“Once you cook and eat Ilasa, you will have twins,” says one woman

According to research, indigenes claim that the multiple births could be related to the eating habits of the women and men in Igbo – Ora which is their local delicacy Ilasa (okro leaves) soup with Amala (yam flour) or Eba. “We’ll use pepper, melon, potassium, locust beans etc to cook Ilasa,” says mama

Watch it here:


  1. Segi

    August 5, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Love this! BN, do you have anything on the Osun / Oshogbo festival? Would love to attend this year’s festival but can’t seem to find much information on the web. Thanks!

    • Ima

      August 5, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Hi Segi,

      Check the twitter feed of @Irinajo_NG. He arranges sight seeing trips in Nigeria, and has the Osun/Oshogbo Festival listed for this month.

    • Baby gurl

      August 5, 2016 at 11:56 am

      My dad is majorly into local tourism I remember when we went to the Osun grove about 8 years ago and we also met Olorisa Susan Wanger (hope I got the name right, RIP). It was an amazing experience. The festival was beautiful. Hope u finally get to go.

  2. LOLS

    August 5, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Can’t get over Odunayo’s look when mama said she won’t be rinsing the ilasa leaves lmao! Btw am I the only one looking forward to her twins for real? ?. I don’t mind some ilasa soup myself if it sure works but mama kinda hinted that it may lose it’s potency if cooked with Lagos water ? kmt!

  3. Mimi May

    August 5, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Superstitious belief! Nigerians, always gullible.

    • le coco

      August 5, 2016 at 8:15 am

      What is ur problem… so what if it’s superstition? . isn’t that why they did this video.? The fact is that there is no scientific explanation for the prevalence of tens in the town.. abi do you have one? let people believe wht they choose.. they have seen the thing work for them.. abeg stay in ur damn lane before u cm here in b insulting ppl

    • Fifi

      August 5, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Take kiss for your answer, im thinking of taking a road trip there to get the authentic ilasa soup ooo 2017 my years of twins or triplet, i would be ordering it in abundance, my cousin had twins when someone told her ondo or is it ekiti yam was the way, she ate yam for the whole period,pounded yam,asaro,elubo,boiled yam , fried yam daily so im going to eat my ilasa with pounded yam or elubo daily, i shall keep you all posted next year ??

    • Le coco

      August 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

      haha @fifi good luck with that.. and let us know how it goes.. lets be honest there are somethings science cant explain.. im not saying the soup is as magic as they say it is..but u cnt say this is science.. because people from other towns, and states who come to settle in igbo-ora also have had multiple sets of twins.. so lets not say its science.. lets all believe wht we want to..

    • Tunmi

      August 6, 2016 at 5:35 am

      I agree with you. But there is scientific explanation, the yams and the hormones produced by the yams. I can’t pull up the papers now, if they even exist, but the food does have to do with the high rate of twins. The yam specie could be different

    • yaba make up

      August 7, 2016 at 7:35 am

      Thanks for your response. we need to celebrate the real Africa…not what pple out of Africa want us to celebrate. I loved this video

  4. D

    August 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

    This is really good, I love what BattaBox is doing, they have great content.

  5. Baby gurl

    August 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Battabox has really good local content. Hopefully that presenter learns better English as she continues to interact with more people. But pls can I get twins by just making the soup at home? I heard them say something about the water in Igbo-Ora. Lagos or Abuja water can’t do the trick?

    • Kike

      August 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      She lives in Nigeria, she is Yoruba and speaks English. I understand her. There is nothing wrong with her English. Not every Nigerian has the privelledge of going abroad to learn an accent. We need more presenters that look and sound like the vast majority of the population.

      Presenter keep on working on your craft (not your accent). Well done Battabox! This was insightful, fun and a joy to watch. Please more like this.

    • aunty

      August 5, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      I honestly don’t think its a matter of “accent” sha

  6. ms_dale

    August 5, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    I’m from Igboora…lying in bed, feels great reading about my hometown!!! Place you Order for Ilasa soup…???

  7. OreOdunayo Mama ibeji to be#

    August 6, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Love her down to earth disposition; no doubt a plus for her job. But for Pete’s sake, this is an internet TV with international audience. She should improve on her diction as well as grammar. She can speak like a Nigerian and still deliver the language attractively. Thanks

  8. OreOdunayo Mama ibeji to be#

    August 6, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Love her down to earth disposition; no doubt a plus for her job. But for Pete’s sake, this is an internet TV with international audience. She should improve on her diction as well as grammar. She can speak like a Nigerian and still deliver the language attractively. Thanks

    • AmericanWonder

      August 6, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Her oyinbo boss likes the raw authenticity of the local dialect. oyinbo are like that, if the odulanni girl for e.g.went for this kind of role the oyinbo would have turned her down and said she wasn’t right for the job.

  9. truthservedhot

    August 7, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Her accent this, her diction that. Mschtew, awon self haters oshi. You better go and learn to love yourself instead of wishing every presenter is aganawana-awanagana.

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