How Sports Betting in Nigeria has Evolved
Sport, especially football has long been popular in Nigeria. The Super Eagles are regular participants at the FIFA World Cup and their top players represent the country in professional leagues around the world.
The English Premier League is without doubt the most popular football league in Nigeria and there are strong links between the two countries.
The link does not stop at playing and watching football but also extends to betting on the sport. The development of online football betting and the creation of massive Premier League betting markets has seen the popularity our sports betting increase in Nigeria. In fact, betting has really taken off in the country over the last few years and sports betting in Nigeria has evolved greatly over this period of time.
One of the main reasons why Nigerian betting websites such as the Wazobet Sports Betting Platform have grown in recent years is due to the increased access most computers, mobile phones and Internet connections in the country. It is estimated that close to 30% of the Nigerian population place a sports bet on a daily basis which is a significant number of people.
Over the last decade there has been a significant increase in the number of Nigerian betting websites. These include Wazobet as highlighted above plus Nairabet, Bet9ja, Naijabet, Lovingbet, Surebet247 and Supabets to name but a few. In addition to the growth of Nigerian specific sports betting websites, major betting companies from around the world have also moved into the Nigerian betting market.
With big names including Bet365, Betway, 888Sport and 1xBet making moves to welcome punters in Nigeria, it is little wonder the sports betting industry is regularly bucking the trend when it comes to economic growth in the country.
However, the development in technology and ease of access to the Internet have played a major role in the evolution of sports betting in Nigeria. The increased availability of mobile phones is one of the main factors and many Nigerians now have mobile devices and can connect to the internet easily. Sports betting companies are eager to make it easy for people to place bets using their mobile device and this has led to the creation of sports betting apps.
Even Google have changed that terms and conditions when it comes to sports betting in the Google Play Store. All sports betting apps were previously banned from the Google Play Store but that has changed and it is now possible to download sports betting apps from many of the companies listed above. With such a choice readily available for Android and also Apple devices, it has never been easier for Nigerian people to pick up their mobile phone and place a sports bet.
Online betting has become big business in Nigeria and it is set to continue that way for the foreseeable future.