In this edition of our Community report, we zoom in on the gambling markets that have undergone unprecedented expansion and diversification in territories across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
This gambling boom has popularized the uptake of gambling products in existing circuits of popular culture, sport and leisure.
Of course with the advent of the internet and digital technologies, the global gambling landscape has been transformed in recent decades. In the majority of the world, it is now possible to access casinos, sports books, lotteries, e-gaming and online slots via smartphone technologies that enable rapid forms of real-time play around the clock.
In Nigeria, gambling has a lengthy history. It was once considered antisocial and disapproved of in public. However, it has since become recognized as a respectable leisure pastime and the taboo around gambling is starting to wear thin.
At present, 60 million Nigerians between 18-40 years old are said to actively wager on sports.
Estimates indicate that as more individuals use smartphones, this number will inevitably increase.
In this report, WADR’s Abuja Correspondent, Usman Umar, takes a look at sports betting addiction among young Nigerians.
Let’s join Usman Umar as he tells us more.