"We all sing in the choir at our church in Fairfield and three of the boys even play instruments at King’s House Christian Center."By the time they graduated high school, the younger twins had given inspirational speeches about their story to the Hamilton Rotary Club and at Stephen T. Bringing this talent to UC is one way the Manteys hope to show their appreciation, crediting God as the reason for their success.Baden High School on "why perspective matters.”In gratitude for speaking at a special ceremony in Hamilton on the National Day of Prayer, U. Congressman Warren Davidson presented the young Manteys with a flag that had been flown over the U. Their goal is to someday give back and make a positive impact on society. Alvin and Kelvin Mantey as Hamilton High School show choir performers.“But when we are apart we do respond to the awkward waves and hugs from people we don’t know, and we usually hug back anyway because we know they probably know our twin.“One of our favorite things is the shocked reaction from our friends when we say the same thing in unison or finish each other's sentences,” they both said at the same time.
Kelvin and Alvin Mantey as babies in their hometown in Ghana, Africa.Double-double trouble As children, the ebullient bundles of joy got into double-double trouble and attracted their fair share of attention. in 2002 with a firm to begin work as a home health care agent and to establish residency.”But following in their father’s footsteps didn’t happen overnight. As a banker with a master’s degree in business, Dorothy remained in Ghana to raise the boys alone for almost 11 years until Stephen received his U. citizenship.“We held strong to our faith and knew, if it was God’s will, we would eventually be together in the U. “During that time I worked in the bank, educated the boys in private schools and communicated with their father by Skype and his yearly visits back home.“By the time the older twins had graduated high school in 2013 our prayers were answered and we were granted a family visa for the five of us to come to the U.’”Twins are a rare phenomenon in the world and, according to the Twins Foundation, account for approximately two percent of the general population.But the odds of two sets of identical twins in one family are less than one in 70,000, and the Manteys are the first documented double identical twin family to attend UC at the same time.“It’s been nice to see on a few occasions that a set of twins have both chosen to study here at UC, but I have never heard of two sets of twins at UC all sharing the same parents,” says Adrian Hall, director of UC’s academic data.As incoming freshmen in the National Science Foundation-funded Dr. Prather Summer Bridge Scholars Program –– designed for incoming minorities who are academic achievers in STEM –– Alvin and Kelvin hit the ground running spending seven weeks living on campus this summer.
They occupied their days attending science, math and English classes and charming their classmates.“We don’t really trick our friends,” says Kelvin, as he and Alvin enter their chemistry class in matching shirts and jeans.
“We already learned things that incoming freshman will come to learn, so by the time the semester gets underway we will already know most of what we need through our first academic year.
We will also get academic credit from the English classes we're taking in this program.”While keeping the boys well fed is one of Dorothy’s main objectives –– making home-cooked meals a top priority over eating fast food –– she still finds time to concentrate on her own studies.“Now that the boys are old enough to drive, do their own laundry and stay on course with their studies, I was able go back to school myself now,” says Dorothy.
Alvin Mantey as Hamilton High School Homecoming King in 2016.
Alvin and Kelvin as Hamilton High School soccer stars in 2017.
Her mother was a midwife back home, so Dorothy grew up knowing what it is like to work in a medical field and felt a strong calling.“I didn’t have the luxury to go to nursing school in Ghana, as I had to start working in the banking field right out of college to help my mother financially," she adds.“Nursing is my passion –– I saw my mother in it and always loved it and now the accelerated program in UC's College of Nursing has given me the opportunity to finally achieve my goal.”Stephen, Dorothy, Alfred, Godfred, Kelvin and Alvin Mantey share their story in their Hamilton home.