Years ago when it was revealed that the town of Igbo-Ora, Oyo State, Nigeria was the twin capital of the world, the locals disclosed one of the secrets of their multiple births – okra leaves. The indigenes said that a kind of okra leaves, locally known as ewe ilasa, is capable of making women who use it in their diet give birth to twins. In a 2013 interview, a community leader said, “We eat a lot of the okra leaf or Ilasa soup.”
“There is no man or woman in this town who does not know how to eat okra soup. We cook the leaves called ewe ilasa (ilasa leaves) more of which we consume than any other soup,” another native said.