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 at Enugu city in the afternoon. A computer notebook bag, which he carries like a suitcase, suggests he is visiting the office. If he returns home from the day, his neighbors frequently 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 gambling is what Ejike does and if he leaves for’work’ every morning on working times, the’office’ he goes is actually any sports bar about town.
On getting into the pub, Ejike would install his laptop, connect to the Internet using a mobile device, open the web site of some of those mobile sports betting companies and begin working on forecasts, or permutations, in order to think of the stakes he would set for the 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 employment since he graduated over 10 decades ago.
In a chat with our correspondent, Ejike explained he dropped two previous jobs after the firms he had been working for closed down.
“The cover from the occupations was not much anyway but I think there’s dignity in labor. I was also expecting that along the line I would get something bigger and more secure. But I couldn’t even hold on to these tasks because the firms shut down and nothing better came along,” he said.

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