A recent survey conducted by Geopoll, has shown that in sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya has the highest number of young people betting on sports, surpassing Nigeria. The survey was carried out among millennials between the ages of 17 and 35 in six countries – Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya.
Although sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s highest rate of people who earn less than $2 a day, the survey report says that most Kenyan millennials bet once a week – spending about $50 (N15,000) per month on football bets. This is a huge cause for concern, considering that most of them are unemployed and have never been lucky enough to win more than $50 on the bets.
Meanwhile, Ghana has the least number of young people gambling while South Africa has the lowest usage of mobile gadgets for gambling – surprising, because South Africa has the highest rate of mobile penetration in Africa. South Africa is also the only surveyed country in which the youths prefer lotteries to football betting.