Unemployed Nigerians find solace in sports betting, make it full-time job

August 30, 2019

Like most researchers, Andrew Ejike gets dressed and leaves his house at Enugu town in the afternoon. A computer notebook bag, which he carries like a suitcase, indicates that he is going to the office. If he returns home from the day, his neighbors frequently ask:”How was work today?” And he answers by saying,”Work was fine”.
Interestingly, Ejike does not have a job, and certainly doesn’t have a formal employment. He’s unemployed.
But he’s’created’ a’job’ for themself. He is, more or less, a ‘professional’ punter. Sports betting is what Ejike does and if he leaves for’work’ each morning on working days, the’workplace’ he goes is actually any sports bar about town.
On getting into the pub, Ejike would install his notebook connect to the Internet with a mobile device, open the web site of any of those mobile sports betting companies and start working on forecasts, or permutations, in order to come up with the bets he’d place for the day.
A bachelor’s degree holder in Estate Management from a national university, Ejike has been sustaining himself and his young family with profits from sports gambling after failing to secure a steady employment because he graduated over 10 years back.
In a conversation with our correspondent, Ejike explained that he dropped two previous jobs following the companies that he was working for closed down.
“The pay in the jobs wasn’t much anyway but I think there is dignity in labour. I was also expecting that along the line I would get something larger and more secure. But I couldn’t even hold on to these tasks since the companies shut down and nothing better came along,” he explained.

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