A Indian man has called out his parents for bringing him into this world ‘without his consent’.
Raphael Samuel, 27, said his parents created him, not for his sake, but for ‘their joy and their pleasure’. He compared having children to ‘kidnapping and slavery’.
Samuel, a self-proclaimed ‘anti-natalist’ in India, believes procreation is a ‘supreme act of evil’ and that life which has not given its consent to live should not be brought into the world.
Speaking to The Print, Raphael said:
I love my parents, and we have a great relationship, but they had me for their joy and their pleasure. My life has been amazing, but I don’t see why I should put another life through the rigmarole of school and finding a career, especially when they didn’t ask to exist.
Raphael, from Mumbai, runs the Facebook page Nihilanand where, he shares numerous images and he asks his followers to consider why they are alive.
One of his post reads:
Your parents had you instead of a toy or a dog. You owe them nothing. You are their entertainment.
In another picture he writes:
The only reason your children are facing problems is because you had them.
In another, he asks:
Isn’t forcing a child into this world and then forcing it to have a career kidnapping and slavery?
The anti-natalist movement has emerged in India as younger people attempt to resist societal pressure on them to have children.
Pratima Naik, 26, from Bengaluru, who is at the forefront of the anti-natalist movement and also committed to never having children, supports Samuel’s beliefs.
We don’t want to impose our beliefs on anyone, but more people need to consider why having a child in the world right now isn’t right.
On his page entitled Childfree India, Pratima Naik wrote last month:
Should we continue to bring more children in this world and accelerate the process of environmental and social degradation?
Do you think existence is pain, and not bringing a child into this world, is a guaranteed way to avoid unnecessary suffering to the child?
We are a group of people who have decided not to reproduce. We are Childfree Indians!
Fellow activist Alok Kumar, 34, has begun a YouTube channel where he aims to spread awareness on child-free living. He decided to remain child-free after deciding the world was not a conductive place for raising a family. He is now looking for a woman who, like him, doesn’t want kids.
Lagos Birthdays set for April 28. Segalink, Adron Boss lead VIPs.
The monthly birthday party for celebrants from within and outside Lagos tagged Lagos Birthdays debuts on the 28th of April, at LaMango Restaurant and Bar, Adekunle Fajuyi Road, GRA, Ikeja with Red Carpet starting by 5pm. The monthly event promises to be fun according to the initiator, Ambassador Ayo George of In-House Entertainment.
Speaking with journalists recently at the venue of the event in Ikeja, Ambassador George said, about 100 celebrants will be hosted each month, as the event is meant to be for a classy few that would hangout, connect and party. “The idea is for celebrants from the same month to come together, have dinner, connect, make new friends, party, play games, have a drink, essentially a platform to have the birthday of your dreams. The value therefrom far outweighs the cost of being at such an event. While we have tickets at N20,000 Single, N30,000 Couple, and N50,000 VIP Couple, celebrants would be having good food, drinks, movie tickets, Celeb Selfies, music, comedy, games, souvenirs, cakes, red carpet, TV interviews, and a whole lot. Celebrants are going to have access to some interesting values that ordinarily wouldn’t be at their birthdays if celebrated at home”. The meet and greet session, the VIPs attending, to be led by the celebrated #EndSARS advocate Mr. Segun Awosanya (Segalink), the Akile of Shagamu, Oba Adetola Emmanuel King, CEO, Adron Homes and Properties, Honorable Fateema Aduke Mohammed and a lot of other guests.
He also said, the experience each month would be priceless, as the event will be going round exquisite restaurants and lounges across Lagos, so that the issue of proximity and access for celebrants does not arise. Lagos Birthdays would also serve as a tourism embedded event, as we have slated editions already that would be done outside Lagos in the course of 2019, at awesome tourist cities, in the month of some very highly placed Nigerians, as these VIPs would also be attending these events. He concluded.
Lagos Birthdays is open to lovers of music, comedy, games, business moguls, upwardly mobile young people, adventurous individuals, fun loving men and ladies, Lagosians, Nigerians and Africans that have a birthdate. Lagos Birthdays is open to everyone that wants something classy as birthday gift each month.
In an exclusive interview with Punch’s Saturday Beats, Mavin Records boss Don Jazzy opened up about comments on social media asking him to get married.
He said he’s trying to work on himself till he’s ready so he can be a better man to his wife.
He added that “it’s not difficult to find a wife,” saying “I have a girlfriend”.
He told Punch:
I don’t bring up issues about my relationship status on purpose. People always talk about it.
It is not difficult to find a wife; there are many beautiful women out there. It is not like I am ready; I am not the perfect version of what I would like to be to my wife and family.
I want to work on myself until I am ready. By the time I am ready, if someone still wants to be with me, that would be great.
It is not like I am looking for a wife and cannot find one. There are lots of nice and beautiful ladies out there. I don’t think I am there yet. I am not in a hurry.
If time passes and nobody wants to marry me, then so be it but for now, I don’t feel I have worked on myself enough.
I don’t want a scenario where I would get married and my music or business would take me away and the next thing would be that my wife would start complaining that I am hardly around. Then people would start saying he doesn’t care about his family. I don’t need that type of talk in my life.
Let me be on my own, whenever I am ready, I am ready. I have a girlfriend; I have had different girlfriends in the last 10 years. I can’t just be single; I never said I was celibate. The relationship can break, she can leave me and go, and it is possible.
My other ex-girlfriends left me, they didn’t break my heart, they just moved on, some of them are married now, if they were still waiting for me, they won’t be married by now.
People have their personal agendas and it is understandable. For me, I am not in a hurry.