Unemployed Nigerians find solace in sports betting, make it full-time job
Like most white-collar workers, Andrew Ejike gets dressed and leaves his house in Enugu town in the morning. A computer laptop bag, which he carries like a suitcase, indicates he is going to the office. When he returns home from the day, his neighbours often ask:”How was work today?” And he replies by saying,”Work was nice”.
Interestingly, Ejike doesn’t have work, and certainly doesn’t have an official job. He is unemployed.
However he has’created’ a’job’ for himself. He is, more or less, a ‘professional’ punter. Sports betting is exactly what Ejike does and when he leaves ‘work’ every morning on working days, the’office’ he goes is actually any sports pub about town.
On getting into the bar, Ejike would set up his notebook connect to the Internet using a mobile device, open the website of some of the cellular sports gambling companies and start working on predictions, or permutations, so as to think of the stakes he’d set for the 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 gambling after failing to secure a steady occupation because he graduated more than ten decades ago.
In a conversation with our correspondent, Ejike clarified that he lost two previous jobs following the firms that he was working for shut down.
“The cover in the jobs wasn’t much anyhow but I believe there’s dignity in labour. I was also expecting that over the line I’d get something bigger and more stable. But I couldn’t even hold on to these jobs because the companies shut down and nothing better came together,” he explained.
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