Painter Marvin K. Omede says he was born lucky. In many African traditions, twins are seen as good luck and his mother had two sets of twins. He was in the first set and says he is the eldest having sent the younger twin out first to make sure the world was ready for him. Being a twin in Nigeria also brings prestige. People give him gifts and women hug him to tap into the blessing. Twins are believed to be closer to spirit and spirit has been an important part of Omede’s work as an artist.