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 notebook bag, which he carries like a suitcase, suggests that he is visiting the workplace. When he returns home from the day, his neighbors frequently ask:”How was work today?” And he answers by saying,”Work was nice”.
Interestingly, Ejike does not have a job, and certainly does not have an official job. He’s unemployed.
But he has’created’ a’job’ for himself. He is, more or less, a ‘professional’ punter. Sports gambling is exactly what Ejike does and when he leaves for’work’ each morning on working days, the’workplace’ that he goes is really any sports pub around town.
On getting into the pub, Ejike would install his notebook connect to the Internet with a mobile device, open the web site of some of those mobile sports gambling companies and start working on forecasts, or permutations, in order to come up with the stakes he’d set to the day.
A bachelor’s degree holder in Estate Management in a national university, Ejike has been sustaining himself and his young family with proceeds from sports gambling after failing to secure a stable employment because he graduated over 10 decades back.
In a conversation with our correspondent, Ejike explained he dropped two previous jobs following the companies that he was working for closed down.
“The cover from the jobs was not much anyway but I think there’s dignity in labor. I was also hoping that over the line I’d get something bigger and more stable. But I could not even hold on to these tasks since the firms shut down and nothing better came together,” he explained.

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