BETTING NIGERIA Understanding the Sports Betting Scene in Nigeria 2 weeks ago Peter Situma Post Views: 130 The sports culture in Nigeria is enormous, Nigerians love sports and about 30% of the Nigerian population is actively involved in sports betting. They bet in all kinds of sports but their most favorite is football, even though there are other sports to bet on. Betting shops are usually filled during the premier League seasons- the English Premier League and Nigerian Premier League. During these seasons, there is always a game to place a bet. Sports betting in Nigeria is about winning some and losing some; it is about making money. Sports betting is like a source of income for the most Nigerian population. The unemployed and the youths are the majority. The numbers do not lie when estimating how much money the betting industry streams in yearly to the economy. Sports betting is another oil mine in Nigeria. It is estimated to generate $2 billion annually to the economy. Before sports betting there was gambling but sports betting changed the whole gambling industry scene. The rapid growth of bookies has made a big difference. There are about 50 bookies in Nigeria including Bet9ja, Nairabet, Naijabet, Supabet, 1960bet, Surebet, Sportybet, Visabet and much more. These bookies have both online and offline platforms to meet the needs of the companies. Betting sites are more popular than betting shops because one just places a bet online at his comfort. Sportsbooks have optimized their website and apps to give the best user experience to their online customers. The physical betting shops are distributed all over Nigeria even in remote places, one can still access a betting shop via affiliate agents. Besides, Nigerian punters are attracted to the new lucrative offers offered by betting firms. The lucrative offers are one of the reasons why sports betting is popular in Nigeria. Different betting sites have different offers that come in the shape of a welcome bonus, signup bonus, promotions, cashouts, free bets, or the best odds in the market. Rewards are given for a done task in form of free money or bonuses. Such offers are meant for new players and giving them the best user experience. Nigeria is one of the countries in Africa to embrace technology as part of the country’s economy. It has the best technology in West Africa that boosts sports betting activities in the country. Plus, mobile phones and the internet have aided in the rise of the betting industry. Mobile phones and internet coverage are the game changers of this industry. It has made sports betting easy to play and bet. How has Sports Betting in Nigeria contributed to the Economy? Sports betting has contributed a lot to the economy of Nigeria. It has offered employment to the citizens of Nigeria. They get employed either by a foreign sportsbook or local sportsbooks to serve at their companies. Others become agents where they can set betting shops to create jobs for other people. Sportsbooks have contributed generously to the economy through sponsorship and partnerships in different sectors such as the entertainment and sports sectors. Sportsbooks have invested a lot in the mainstream media and media shows. A good example is how Bet9ja has impacted the sports industry and the entertainment industry. Bet9ja sponsored the Nigeria National League and the ever famous show Big Brother. Another example is when 1xBet partnered with the Nigerian Football Federation and the League Management Company. Sportsbooks are also working with other industries to open and widen the economy. There is an interrelation between sports betting companies and telecommunication companies, information technology, and the banking industries. Nigeria has seen significant growth in these industries since the inception of the betting market into the economy. Besides, it has made the telecommunication industries to improve their services and the banks to strengthen their banking system. Conclusion Thanks to favorable betting and gambling laws, economic stability, big Nigerian population, mobile phone affordability, good network coverage, and the love for sports have aided to the growth of the betting industry in Nigeria. Peter SitumaPeter Situma is a lover of football and a staunch supporter of Chelsea Football Club. He has been working as a sports betting and casino gambling writer for over 5 years. 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