If it were possible to reverse time, Amos Kunde would eagerly seize the opportunity to undo an unfortunate chapter in his life that led to his twin sister, Juliana, becoming pregnant twice by him. This unexpected turn of events has left the 29-year-old native of Guma Local Government Area, Nasarawa State, feeling deeply embarrassed and entangled in a complex situation.
Amos and Juliana, orphaned and lacking formal education, initially turned to farming for their livelihood after surviving a violent attack on their community. Despite the challenges, they thrived for three farming seasons in Doku, Doma Local Government Area. Juliana’s pregnancy, a result of their amorous relationship, became a closely guarded secret, with attempts to terminate it proving futile.
The twins faced judgment from their community, as many believed Juliana’s pregnancy was from someone other than her twin brother. Their nomadic lifestyle continued, and in the midst of the 2021 farming season, they relocated to Tse Ugba village in Keana LGA due to the farmers/herders crisis. The upheaval led the new community to assume they were a married couple.
However, tensions escalated recently when Amos decided to take a legitimate wife from the proceeds of their farming efforts. Juliana, now a mother of two, vehemently opposed this, questioning her fate and that of her children when the new wife arrived. Amos responded callously, indicating that he was done with her and in need of a legitimate wife.
This revelation sparked a conflict between the twins, laying bare the unconventional and taboo nature of their relationship. Juliana, refusing to be cast aside after bearing two children with her twin brother, has brought their private affair into the open. The situation has raised eyebrows in their new settlement in Tse Ugba, and our correspondent visited to delve into the unfolding scandal.
Juliana, during an interview, recounted the origins of their relationship, describing how it began as a joke on the farm and gradually evolved into a secret love affair. She expressed her unwillingness to accept Amos seeking a new wife, emphasizing their shared responsibility for their two children.
Amos, reluctantly sharing his perspective, claimed that Juliana had seduced him with deliberate actions, exposing herself during farm work and in the kitchen at home. Despite his acknowledgment of the taboo and abomination in their culture, he insisted on taking a new wife for practical reasons, such as assistance on the farm and concerns about the survival of their children.
Elder Kertyo Abiin, aware of the taboo, acknowledged the complexity of the situation but expressed a desire to handle it through traditional means, avoiding involvement of security agents or legal authorities.
The twins, once united by survival and shared challenges, now find themselves entangled in a web of societal norms, taboo, and personal choices, grappling with the consequences of their unconventional relationship.