Judith Nwokocha, a Nigerian-Canadian photographer, is no stranger to infant photography. When it came to photographing her own twins, Kamis and Kachi, the results were stunning. Her son Kamis shares his mother’s dark complexion, hair, and eyes, but his twin sister Kachi is an albino.
Judith Nwokocha, 38, said she thought she was given the wrong baby when she noticed the difference between the
The photographer confessed that she had been trying to 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑖𝑣𝑒 for eight years before trying I.V.F and giving birth to a black baby boy named Kamsi and an albino baby girl named Kachi in 2016.
While the couple was delighted to be having children, it was apparent from the start that Kachi was experiencing difficulties.“Throughout my pregnancy, I was anxious but prayed and kept my faith. I constantly spoke to my twins and prayed for them as often as I could,” Nwokocha said.
“The first time I saw her, I wondered if the nurse was handing me my baby, or someone else’s,” Nwokocha wrote. “I waited a few seconds for someone to tell me there was a mix-up.” For all her mother could see, Kachi looked as though she had been born to fair-skinned parents.
“‘Perhaps she’s just very fair in complexion,’ I thought,” the mother recounted. “albinism never crossed my mind as we had none in my family as far as I could remember.” Her faith allowed her to see that the difference was only skin deep. Since then, Nwokocha has embarked on a photographic project to show Kachi how lovely she is, “so she would see the images and believe in herself,” according to the mother.
“I was worried about how others would react to her and whether she would be bullied,” Nwokocha explained. albino people face societal 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑟𝑖𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 in her home country of Nigeria, despite the fact that she now lives in Canada. She grieved, “I envied other black newborns and wondered, ‘Why me?’” ‘How did I end up with a child that is albino?’ You might be wondering, “How did I wind up with black and white twins?”
Nwokocha and her husband were able to accept the fact that their kid was different, but she was still theirs, thanks to therapy. “ With time, I began to see my daughter in a different way. “I began to realize the beauty of her predicament,” she said. “I became enamored with her gold hair, chocolate eyes, pink lips, and everything else about her.”
She began photographing her twins and herself at this time, demonstrating that family does not always imply looking alike, but rather having the same affection. “By continually photographing her and her twin brother, I’m showing the beauty in albinism,” Nwokocha stated. “I’m not sure she recognizes her individuality right now, but she will, and it is my job to educate her and teach her to accept herself regardless.”
Nwokocha may expect both positive and negative reactions when he brings the twins out in public these days. “People are confused by her appearance and enquire about it. ‘Do you happen to be the mother?’ “How did that happen?” she said, adding that when people find out Kachi is her brother’s twin sister, they are even more surprised.
Regardless of what anyone else thinks, Nwokocha is proud of both her twins and looks forward to her daughter’s future. “She’s so smart and has a strong personality,” her mom wrote. “She knows what she wants and will always go for it.”