Posted By Jennie Chancey on May 28, 2011
This is an absolutely fantastic piece:
Just two weeks ago the UN predicted the birth of the world’s 7 billionth baby this October. Calls for measures to control the world’s population growth immediately surged, with some pointing particularly to Nigeria’s rapidly growing population.
Some Nigerians, meanwhile, are celebrating their growing population as the country’s greatest asset.
“We Nigerians are rejoicing,” said Chinwuba Iyizoba, an electrical engineer in Enugu, Nigeria, in a recent article for MercatorNet. “Africans love children.”
Despite warnings that Nigeria’s population could reach 725 million people by 2100, coupled with calls by Western media for population control in the country, the nation’s citizens will not buy the propaganda, said Iyizoba.
While the Western world suffers from the crippling effects of an aging population with fewer youth to provide care, Nigerian parents live in financial security provided for by their larger families. Elderly Nigerians, explained Iyizoba, have no social security in the form of pensions. Instead they are provided for by an “informal pension scheme” that consists in contributions from their children. “Having more children means a better pension,” said Iyizoba.
You can read the full article HERE. My family lives in Kenya, and I can tell you from personal experience that the majority of people here still see children as an asset and a blessing. When we are out and about with our children, Kenyans greet us with high-fives, thumbs-up, and comments like, “You are so blessed!” The only sour remarks we have received are from (sadly) Westerners living in Africa. I’ve been stopped by Kenyan women who want to tell me about the constant pressure they receive to stop having children from UN health clinics and organizations like Marie Stopes (founded by a eugenicist who praised Hitler’s ideas in poetry). These women tell me children are their future and their hope, and they are hungry for affirmation of this, as the message from the West is that children cause poverty.
It is wonderful to see Nigerians standing up to the utterly misguided “population bomb” propaganda from countries that do not even have enough young taxpayers to float social security and medicare for one more generation. For more information on the real population disaster we face, click on Demographic Winter in the right sidebar.