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 town in the afternoon. A computer laptop bag, which he carries like a suitcase, indicates that he is visiting the workplace. When he returns home in the day, his neighbors frequently ask:”How was work today?” And he answers by saying,”Work was nice”.
Interestingly, Ejike doesn’t have work, and certainly doesn’t have a formal employment. He’s unemployed.
But he’s’created’ a’job’ for himself. He is, more or less, a ‘professional’ punter. Sports betting is exactly what Ejike does and if he leaves for’work’ each morning on working times, the’workplace’ that he goes is actually any sports pub about town.
On getting to the bar, Ejike would set up his laptop, connect to the Internet using a mobile device, open the website of any of the cellular sports gambling companies and begin working on forecasts, or permutations, in order to think of the stakes he’d set for your day.
A bachelor’s degree holder in Estate Management from a federal university, Ejike was sustaining himself and his young family with profits from sports gambling after failing to secure a stable occupation since he graduated over 10 decades ago.
In a conversation with our correspondent, Ejike explained that he dropped two previous jobs following the firms he had been working for shut down.
“The cover in the jobs was not much anyhow but I believe there is dignity in labour. I was also hoping that over the line I’d get something larger and more stable. But I could not even hold on to these tasks because the companies shut down and nothing better came together,” he said.
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