Literary, our lives rotate around each other,” Babirye says. She recalls a time in secondary school when Nakato was sickly but was meant to take punishment.
Matilda Babirye and Angella Nakato were born 20 years ago to Mukasa Kamya, an engineer and Dorothy Nalumansi, a businesswoman.
The twins who live with their parents in Makindye, a city suburb, are first-year students at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. They are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance.
They are the first-born followed by two boys. "We have been so close since childhood. We do and share everything together," Babirye says.
The girls are so identical that they confuse many people, including their own parents, who cannot easily tell them apart.
Babirye says they have never been apart. They went to St Theresa Boarding Primary School Namagunga then moved to Seeta High School, and Naalya SSS.
At school, they were in the same dormitory, shared decker-beds and studied together. Even at university, the girls are inseparable. When it came to career choices, Babirye had to give up her dream to study law to join
Nakato. "At our hostel room, we share shoes, clothes and food.
Literary, our lives rotate around each other," Babirye says. She recalls a time in secondary school when Nakato was sickly but was meant to take punishment.
Since the teachers could hardly differentiate them, Babirye had to take her sister's place to be spanked. Their friends who could tell them apart had to master their physical difference; Babirye is slightly chubbier than Nakato.
However, later on in life, when men showed interest in getting close to the twins, they had their own share of bewilderment.
For instance, if one befriended Nakato, he would sometimes end up talking to Babirye. "We enjoyed playing games to keep the guys confused. This helped us to scare them off.
If one found out that he was instead talking to the wrong twin, they would keep off in humiliation," she explains. Today, the duo still enjoy looking alike; they plait the same hairstyle and dress the same.
Elsewhere, some identical twins will share everything but the likes and dislikes. On the contrary, Babirye affirms that they both enjoy watching movies and dancing the night away.
Whenever they peep in the future and imagine having to stay without each other especially after they are done with school and have to get married, the twins' smiles fade.
"We don't want to think about that. We have decided to enjoy each other's company before that time comes," Babirye states.