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Kenyan students now selling sperms for campus ‘survival’.

Campus is a universe in its own right.  It can on one hand be so sweet and enjoyable but on the other, be a hell of a life depending on how one takes it and the strategies one adopts.

However, the greatest challenge for a university student is finance, especially if one comes from a family that is not so financially stable but wants to live a flashy life.

Being broke has always been in the life of the Kenyan student. Majority of them find themselves accumulating so much debts from other students. And with such financial challenges, university students, who in a bid to cushion themselves from the ugly pressures of these hard economic times, have devised ways to get that extra coin into their pockets.

A stroll within the corridors of halls of residence will reveal to you a wide variety of businesses students operate. From photocopying, printing and binding to selling mobile phone scratch-cards and peddling ‘mandazi’. The chase for the paper is evidently a concerted one.

Campus has a potential market for virtually anything imaginable. Comrades with sharp business minds will identify the niche and not hesitate to exploit it. With this kind of creativity, the students have discovered a new form of ‘goldmine’. 

Kenyan university and college students, desperate for money have become willing depositors for the sperm banks in return for cash. Selling sperm is the new business frontier in Kenya where one can now just walk in to visit select sperm clinics and donate his ‘seeds for some few bucks.

Times have changed and with the change one can now buy almost anything, including parenthood. And with the hard pressing economic times, many students jumped onto the trade, hoping to make that extra shilling.

Sperm donors are paid between Ksh. 10,000 and Ksh. 14,000. There are two official sperm banks in operation — at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and Nairobi Fertility Clinic— in the whole of Kenya. However, there are tens, if not hundreds of backstreet outfits.

Sperm banks are meant to assist couples who are unable to conceive on their own get pregnant.
Even though majority of these clinics prefer donors aged between 19 and 26, any man who is younger than 50 years can donate their sperms. Students from universities are mostly preferred due to what is perceived that they possess high IQs which is considered a good gene in a child.

However, besides the IQ, donors are picked based on their physical characteristics because recipients usually want a close physical match.

Donors are first screened for infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and more, genetic and systematic diseases before giving a sample. The clinic also records the race, complexion, height and other physical fitness parameters of the donor.

After the screenings, the donor stays without ejaculation for at least three days to produce good quality sperm. The donor ejaculates into a sterile cup through masturbation.

The sample is then analysed to make sure it is of good quality. A good sperm has good movement, good count and good morphology – a normal sperm has an oval head with a long tail.

After the semen testing, the sample is frozen in liquid nitrogen for six months before being used, during which the donor is tested again at the third and sixth month for infectious diseases such as HIV.

The donation is anonymous meaning that the donor will not know the recipient and the recipient will only know the basic characteristics of the donor such as height, complexion and age.

One person can only donate three times. However, to reduce the chances of accidental incest, one cannot donate sperms more than three times and sperm is often disposed of after about 10 years in the bank.

It is not a hidden secret that Ksh 14,000 is no small money for any student and especially for something as small as an ejaculation. With such a precious asset, university and college students are willingly and happily trading it to any willing buyer, some of whom have already exhausted their ‘3 times limit’.

The process is quite simple one. The student is provided with some pornographic material to stimulate them, especially for those unable to rise to the occasion. They then masturbate into a container there they have it, a cool Ksh. 14,000 into their pockets.

For majority who join this trade, the fascination and the rush of adrenaline; the sweet feeling that they actually have something that not all men have; the realisation that it is precious and someone will pay for it; brings forth the ecstasy that comes with masturbation.

The whole process – from the first day at the clinic to donation and the testing of sperm quality – could last for months. Nonetheless, the process has been simplified by backstreet reproductive clinics that operate with a few in the know in the legit fertility centres.

Backstreet joints are now gaining popularity with most women willing to undergo in-vitro fertilization (IVF) due to their lower costs and ease to link up with university student donors. This way, the woman is able to see and assess the potential donor and negotiate the price for his sperms.

Students admit to have donated sperms twice or more and sell them in about five times. No credible institution could harvest sperm that many times from a single donor against rules and regulations and without a thought on inbreeding. 

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