Like many white-collar workers, Andrew Ejike gets dressed and leaves his home at Enugu town in the afternoon. A computer notebook bag, which he carries like a suitcase, indicates that he is visiting the workplace. If he returns home in the day, his neighbours often ask:”How was work today?” And he answers by saying,”Work was nice”.
Interestingly, Ejike doesn’t have work, and certainly does not have a formal job. He is unemployed.
However he has’created’ a’job’ for themself. He is, more or less, a ‘professional’ punter. Sports gambling is what Ejike does and when he leaves for’work’ each morning on working days, the’workplace’ he goes is actually any sports bar around town.
On getting into the pub, Ejike would install his laptop, connect to the Internet with a mobile device, open the website of any of the mobile sports gambling companies and start working on forecasts, or permutations, in order to think of the stakes he’d set for the day.
A bachelor’s degree holder in Estate Management from a national university, Ejike was sustaining himself and his young family with proceeds from sports betting after failing to secure a steady occupation since he graduated more than ten years ago.
In a chat with our correspondent, Ejike explained that he dropped two previous jobs following the firms that he was working for shut down.
“The pay in the occupations was not much anyhow but I think there is dignity in labor. I was also expecting that along 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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