Like many researchers, Andrew Ejike gets dressed and leaves his house in Enugu city in the afternoon. A computer laptop bag, which he carries like a suitcase, indicates he is going to the workplace. When he returns home from the day, his neighbours often ask:”How was work today?” And he replies by saying,”Work was fine”.
Interestingly, Ejike does not have work, and certainly doesn’t have a formal job. He’s unemployed.
However he has’created’ a’job’ for themself. He is, more or less, a ‘professional’ punter. Sports betting is what Ejike does and if he leaves for’work’ every morning on working times, the’office’ he goes is actually any sports bar around town.
On getting into the pub, Ejike would install his notebook connect to the Internet using a mobile device, open the web site of any of those mobile sports betting companies and start working on forecasts, or permutations, so as to think of the bets he’d place for your 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 over 10 years ago.
In a conversation with our correspondent, Ejike explained that he lost two previous jobs following the companies he was working for closed down.
“The cover in the jobs wasn’t much anyhow but I believe there’s dignity in labor. I was also hoping that along the line I’d get something larger and more secure. But I couldn’t even hold on to these jobs since the companies closed down and nothing better came together,” he said.