Unemployed Nigerians find solace in sports betting, make it full-time job
Like many researchers, Andrew Ejike gets dressed and leaves his house at Enugu city in the morning. A computer laptop bag, which he carries like a suitcase, indicates that he is visiting the workplace. If he returns home in the evening, his neighbours often ask:”How was work today?” And he replies by saying,”Work was fine”.
Interestingly, Ejike doesn’t have a job, and certainly does not have a formal employment. He is unemployed.
But he has’created’ a’job’ for themself. He is, more or less, a ‘professional’ punter. Sports gambling is what Ejike does and if he leaves for’work’ every morning on working days, the’office’ that he goes is really any sports pub about town.
On getting into the bar, Ejike would set up his notebook connect to the Internet with a mobile device, open the website of any of the cellular sports gambling companies and start working on forecasts, or permutations, so as to come up with the bets he’d place to your day.
A bachelor’s degree holder in Estate Management from a national university, Ejike was sustaining himself and his young family with profits from sports betting after failing to secure a steady occupation because he graduated more than ten years back.
In a conversation with our correspondent, Ejike clarified that he lost two previous jobs after the companies he was working for closed down.
“The pay from the occupations wasn’t much anyhow but I think there is dignity in labor. I was also hoping that along the line I’d get something larger and more stable. But I couldn’t even hold on to those jobs because the firms shut down and nothing better came along,” he explained.
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