Like many researchers, Andrew Ejike gets dressed and leaves his house in Enugu town in the afternoon. A computer notebook bag, which he carries like a suitcase, suggests he is visiting the office. If he returns home in the evening, his neighbours often ask:”How was work today?” And he answers by saying,”Work was nice”.
Interestingly, Ejike doesn’t have work, and certainly doesn’t have an official job. He is 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’ every morning on working times, the’workplace’ he goes is actually any sports bar around town.
On getting into the bar, Ejike would install his laptop, connect to the Internet using a mobile device, open the website of some of those cellular sports gambling companies and start working on predictions, or permutations, so as to think of the stakes he would place to your day.
A bachelor’s degree holder in Estate Management in a national university, Ejike has been sustaining himself and his young family with profits from sports betting after failing to secure a steady occupation because he graduated over 10 decades back.
In a conversation with our correspondent, Ejike clarified he lost two previous jobs after the firms he was working for shut down.
“The pay in the occupations was not much anyway but I think there’s dignity in labor. I was also expecting that over the line I’d get something bigger and more secure. But I couldn’t even hold on to those jobs because the firms closed down and nothing better came along,” he explained.