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

Like most researchers, Andrew Ejike gets dressed and leaves his home at Enugu city in the morning. A computer notebook bag, which he carries like a suitcase, suggests he is visiting the office. If he returns home from the evening, his neighbours often ask:”How was work today?” And he replies by saying,”Work was nice”.
Interestingly, Ejike does not have work, and certainly does not have an official employment. He’s unemployed.
However he has’created’ a’job’ for himself. He is, more or less, a ‘professional’ punter. Sports betting is what Ejike does and if he leaves ‘work’ every morning on working days, the’office’ he goes is really any sports pub around town.
On getting into the bar, Ejike would install his laptop, connect to the Internet using a mobile device, open the web site of some of those mobile sports gambling companies and begin working on forecasts, or permutations, so as to think of the stakes he’d set for your day.
A bachelor’s degree holder in Estate Management from a federal university, Ejike has been sustaining himself and his young family with proceeds from sports betting after failing to secure a stable employment since he graduated more than ten years back.
In a chat with our correspondent, Ejike explained he dropped two previous jobs following the companies he was working for shut down.
“The cover in the jobs wasn’t much anyhow but I think there is dignity in labor. I was also hoping that over the line I’d get something bigger and more stable. But I couldn’t even hold on to those tasks because the companies closed down and nothing better came along,” he said.

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