There are 195 countries in the world, and according to UNICEF, approximately, 386,000 babies were born on New Year's Day. The problematic part of that stat is that over 90% of those children were born in less developed regions. In fact, 20,210 of these babies, representing almost 10% of all the babies born that day, were born in Nigeria.
Globally, over half of these births took place in nine countries:
- India — 69,070
- China — 44,760
- Nigeria — 20,210
- Pakistan — 14,910
- Indonesia — 13,370
- The United States — 11,280
- The Democratic Republic of Congo — 9,400
- Ethiopia — 9,020
- Bangladesh — 8,370
UNICEF also estimates that quite a number of the babies will not make it past their first day. In 2016, an estimated 2,600 children died within the first 24 hours every day of the year. For almost 2 million newborns, their first week was also their last. In all, 2.6 million children died before the end of their first month. Among those children, more than 80 per cent died from preventable and treatable causes such as premature birth, complications during delivery, and infections like sepsis and pneumonia. We don't have to tell you that most of these deaths also occurred in less developing regions, especially Sub Saharan Africa.
Building on that, Nigeria has a population problem. In 2015, the population of Nigeria was billed at 182.2 million people. Now it is at an estimated 200 million people. The least-developed countries (Nigeria included) have the highest fertility rates of 4.3 births per woman. And populations in 26 African countries (Nigeria included, again) are projected to expand to at least double their current size.
In a recent report, the United Nations said Nigeria’s population is set to overtake the US by 2050, and could exceed 400 million. We initially thought it might take longer than that, but if we're welcoming 20,000 children everyday, mortality rate or not, we actually will succumb to an even worse form of overpopulation than we're experiencing now. You know how to stop this? Birth control!!!! But that's a story for another day.