Like many researchers, Andrew Ejike gets dressed and leaves his home in Enugu city in the afternoon. A computer notebook bag, which he carries like a suitcase, suggests that he is going to the workplace. When he returns home from the evening, his neighbours often ask:»How was work today?» And he replies by saying,»Work was nice».
Interestingly, Ejike doesn’t have a job, and certainly doesn’t have an official employment. He’s unemployed.
But he’s’created’ a’job’ for himself. He is, more or less, a ‘professional’ punter. Sports betting is what Ejike does and when he leaves for’work’ each morning on working times, the’office’ that he goes is actually any sports pub about town.
On getting into the bar, Ejike would install his notebook connect to the Internet with a mobile device, open the website of any of those cellular sports gambling companies and start working on forecasts, or permutations, so as to think of the stakes he would place 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 steady occupation because he graduated more than ten years back.
In a conversation with our correspondent, Ejike explained that he lost two previous jobs following the companies he had been working for closed down.
«The cover in the occupations was not much anyhow 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 couldn’t even hold on to those tasks because the companies shut down and nothing better came along,» he said.
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