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Saturday night was a memory one for soccer enthusiasts
attracted from across the united states by sports betting
outfit, Bet9ja, to observe the unveiling of its own platform that
is gambling that is corporate.

Tagged 'Fanatics Night out,' the occasion saw football enthusiasts mingling with some former internationals,
amongst others, including Pere Rufai, Mutiu Adepoju, Victor Ikpeba, and Waidi Akanni.

Talking in the function, the company's Chief Executive Officer, Ayo 'Chucks' Ojuroye, stated the event was aimed at introducing the newest
inventions in the stake industry, along with valuing the devotees loyalty to the Bet9ja brand.

The buffs are the key actors and they are important to our accomplishments, so we dimmed it appropriate
to extend our appreciations to them by coordinating this event
as well as serve them better.

We have introduced the corporate bets and the idea is really to
enable their wagers to be placed by some Nigerians without always going to our representatives in their own factory outlets.

It makes it convenient and easier for them to follow their passion up with benefits from our business.
"Bet9ja now have outlets in 23 states and we expecting to have more in other portions of the united states prior to the conclusion of the year."
In recognition of commitment and their patronage to making Bet9ja Nigeria's number one sports betting company, Bet9ja, honoured agents and some excellent staff in Lagos during its 2015 End of the year celebration and Awards night .

Former Super Eagles forward, Victor Ikpeba was among
some of the dignitaries at the event.

In what was a highly thrilling and well organised event, the staff, agents and customers of KC Gaming Network,
operators of Bet9ja, went home with various presents and also received awards
in several categories.

In his address, the Chief Executive Officer, Ayo Ojuroye, commended the customers and
agents for their loyalty and commitment of the company in 2015.

"We are extremely joyful together with your performance in 2015, hence the requirement to value your time and effort. Without your hard work and commitment, we won't be here today. Customers, brokers, you and staff have done entirely nicely and we actually thank you for this. We are excited that in leap and bounds, Bet9ja has grown through your time and effort

The Executive Chairman of the company, Honourable Kunle Soname, presented the award to Ernest Abanum to the Worker of the Entire Year while Akin Akerele won the award for the Manager of the Year.

Afterward the performance of Oritsefemi had everyone on their feet as the guests asked for more from him.

Bet9ja's has realized tremendous success in the betting industry In significantly less than four years of operation, with offices in more than 19 states and with the greatest winning bonus in Nigeria.
Buoyed by the enormous success of its operations in the South West zone that has seen it emerge as the number one sports betting company after merely a year of operation, Bet9ja has concluded plans to improve its operational base in the south south region and the East.

In accordance with the chief Executive Officer of the firm Ayo Ojuroye," we intend to consistently raise out operations in the nook
and crannies of the country. Consequently, we've concluded plans to open more offices in the east and the south south part of the country.

To ensure our customers can have our representative at their beck and call, we also expect to use more agents across the
country. We recognize the strategic importance of the region to our business
and we would like to empower lots of people as well.

With the response we get on a daily basis, we have to expand our operations
by using more agents in states like Anambra, Enugu, Akwa
Ibom, Cross Rivers, Rivers,Imo, Enugu, Abia and Delta State."

We now have made individuals that were jobless millionaires according to their, passion, we've taken our company to new heights also it can only just get better"

Bet9ja was established last year through their passion for sports with the aim of rewarding folks.

Buoyed by its success in the past two years, where it has
emerged as the top sports betting company in Nigeria, the management of Bet9ja has vowed to keep up the tempo, having a guarantee
to consistently reward its representatives and pay bonus quickly.

Speaking during its end of year/award party on Tuesday in Lagos, the CEO of the company
Ayo Ojuroye said: "We are proud of what we have attained with the support of our dedicated

And staff that is faithful and committed representatives. We feel obliged to encourage our staff and representatives with this specific end of the year celebration and awards to show our deep appreciation for work well done. We are

An organization that stands for excellence and reward hard work, so we are going to maintain our core value of rewarding people's fire. We would not relent in our efforts of earning sports betting a very

rewarding experience for our patrons and customers."

Ojuroye further said, "some of our agents have been dedicated, faithful and hardworking. Certainly one of them, Dave epitomizes what all other agents need to be. We recognize him as the most consistent representative of Bet9ja a few of the agents are very diligent and we are extremely pleased with their accomplishments in the outgoing year." Faludi is included by a few of these honoured at the event

Temidayo based in Lagos, Abiose Olasunkanmi,
Yakubu Azeez, Safe kadir, Oluwasegun Adetoro Oluwole Olaoluwa, Nwaogu Benjamin and Anderson who
was adjudged as a superb representatives

with more that 28 shops all over the country.

Additionally speaking, Chairman of Bet9ja, honest Kunle Soname
said: "Our strength lies in our clients and staff.

sports betting business in Nigeria. A few of our agents like Bola Ojuroye have achieved a feat even with her handicap."
Several of the staff honoured include Kunle Adeniji,, Ayeni Joseph and Mary Chinyere.

1997 African-Player-of-the-Year, Victor Ikpeba,
has thrown his weight behind sports betting company,
Bet9ja, in its quest to help grow the Nigerian domestic professional football.

Speaking at the unveiling of Bet9ja in Lagos yesterday,
Ikpeba who's the brand ambassador said he preferred to be part of the project because of the credibility of the people managing it.

"The folks behind Bet9ja are credible individuals to work with. I admire their guts to help grow the domestic league in our country.

Ikpeba known as the Prince of Monaco with Monaco FC in the French Ligue 1 during his stint, admitted while playing professional football, that he tried his fortune as a punter.
"In my 15 years career as footballer, I once was involved in sports betting for
the fun of it. From what I've seen of Bet9ja as well as their operation in Nigeria, they're
the industry leader and are very credible to
do business with," he noted

"We've placed our company as the top sports betting business in Nigeria.
We've got full complement of technical support from staff grounded in the business around the world.

Amongst factors that's giving them the advantage over others in the sports betting business in the state, Bet9ja that began operations over
half a year past is flaunting its product superiority,
ethics and trust with advantage base in the excess of N500m.

Chairman of Remo Stars FC, Kunle Soname, expressed his happiness to associate Bet9ja.

"As the chairman of the advertising committee of the Nigerian National League, I know what it means to seek patrons. From the shirt sponsorship deal my team has entered into with Bet9ja, I can vouch that the organization is here to help change sports sponsorship in the country.

General Manager of Lagos State Lotteries Board, while commending the company Lanre Gbajabiamila who was present at the launching, promised to ensure that Bet9ja keep to the provisions of the licence to make sure that the sport wagering public stay happy.

As the sole company that accepts bets on the Nigerian national league, Bet9ja also rely on results in the English Premier League, La Liga along with other European leagues for business along with bets on Formula One and basketball.
In its bid to honour its esteemed customers, the country's top gaming company, Bet9ja thrilled football fans to a night out in Lagos at the weekend.

The fun-packed event had in attendance trainers, ex-internationals, pundits, sport administrators and top notch comedians.

In a brief chat with the media, the business's Chief Executive Officer, Ayo 'Chucks' Ojuroye, said that the event was aimed at appreciating the devotees devotion to the brand that was Bet9ja in addition to utilize the occasion to introduce the new inventions in the wager industry.

His words: "The devotees are the principal actors and they're very important to our accomplishments,
so we dimmed it appropriate to expand our grasps to them by coordinating this event and also serve them better.

"We've introduced the corporate stakes as well as the idea is really to enable some Nigerians to place their stakes without necessarily going to our agents within their outlets. It makes it suitable and more easy in order for them to follow their passion up with rewards from our business.

"As we talk, Bet9ja now has over 1,000 staff and 15,000 representatives across the country and that's a means to develop the economical by creating employments for the youth.

He also disclosed that Bet9ja now have factory outlets in 23 states and is hoping to get more in other portions of the country prior to the conclusion of the year.

The Lagos State Government in the weekend said it had prosecuted over
50 defendants participating in prohibited lotteries operations in the state.

The state government so warned that it would bring
the total weight of the law against any operator without formal licence from the Lagos State Lotteries Board.

Chief Executive Officer of the board, Mr.

Lanre Gbajabiamila divulged this in a statement on Friday, noting that the state government would
no longer enable illegal lotteries operations in the state.

According to him, the Lotteries Board has arrested and prosecuted in the past over 50 suspects for engaging in illegal Lottery
operations in the state.

He added that security operatives "have been mandated to go all out in the metropolis and arrest anyone found running without permit and authorisation from the state lotteries board."

Gbajabiamila insisted the board "remained the only statutory regulatory body for lottery and relevant activities in the state."

He clarified the board was created by the Lagos State
Lotteries Law 2004 (as amended) and authorised to
license and controls gaming activities conducted inside the state.

He clarified that the board neither problem nor recognises 'sports
lottery license/permit' or 'promotional lottery licenses' by whatsoever name called inside the state for

Gbajabiamila so counseled members of the general public
against patronising prohibited operators.

He listed some of recognised accredited operators enabled "to run lottery and associated actions in Lagos State to incorporate Premier Lotto Limited (Babaijebu), Victor Golden Chance Ventures Limited (Golden Opportunity lotto), Winlot Global Resources Ventures Limited (Winlot), Superior Games Limited (Big Games) and Softplug Gaming Nigeria Limited."

Others are Get Altitude Nigeria Limited (Nairabet), Victor Bookmakers Nigeria Limited
(1960wager), Marawin Limited (Sportybet), KC Gaming Networks Limited (Bet9ja), ChessPlus International Limited (Surebet247), Merry Bet Gold Limited (Merrybet).

The Nigeria Women Football League has concluded arrangements to partner the KC
Gaming Network, proponents of the Bet9ja, as the title sponsors of
the league.

Revealing this after meeting with the management of the company in Lagos,
the Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football
League Chief Mrs) Dilichukwu Onyedinma said all the
arrangements have been concluded for signing of the memoranda of understanding.

"Discussions have reached the final stage with KC Gaming Network, the owners Bet9ja to come into the League as our title sponsors for the Nigeria Women Premier League. We have been discussing with them, and there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. We are now set to make it public and the Memorandum of Understanding would soon be signed. This is a good thing for our Women Football League, and whatever that accrues from the deal will go a long way to reduce the burden of our clubs. I want to thank our various clubs for their patience and support; and to the Chairman of the KC Gaming Network, Mr. Kunle Soname for believing in women football in the country".

In his statement, the Chairman of KC Gaming Network, Mr.
Kunle Soname described the Nigeria Women Football teams as the most
successful among all the national football teams in the country.
"It is no gainsaying that our girls have been the most successful among all our national teams. They have been to the entire FIFA Women World Cup finals from inception in 1991 to date; they once played up to the quarter finals in USA 1999. They have been to virtually all the Olympics except the 2012 Games in London. They have dominated the African scene, winning the Africa Women Championship seven times, and the age grade teams are not doing badly, with the U-20 girls playing in all FIFA World Cup finals since inception in 2002 and reaching the final twice.

"These are no mean achievements, and we felt that the best thing
we can do as an organization is to support the League that has been producing these players that have been positively projecting
the image of this country. This is our little way of giving back
to the society and also ensuring that the girls are further empowered through
the game of football.

He further revealed that signing of the agreement would
be in a matter of days, after all the paper works must have been completed.

The stage is set for the 2015 edition of the Nigerian Sports Award holding today, Friday November, 20, 2015 at the Marquee,
Oceanview, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos from 6pm prompt.

The award gala night, which is the fourth in a row, is expected to be attended by top shots in the Nigerian sports circle including the Honourable Minister for Youth
and Sports, Barrister Solomon Danlong, the Director General of the
National Sports Commission, Nigerian past
and present athletes as well as Nigerian sports fans.

Speaking on the preparations for today’s event,
the spokesperson for the award and Executive
Director, Unmissable Incentives Limited, Mr. Kayode Idowu, stated that all hands are on deck for
a bigger and better Nigerian Sports Award ceremony which promises to be more glamorous
than the previous editions.

"We are very proud to inform you that all is now set for the fourth edition of the Nigerian Sports Award. We are indeed elated over the quality of dignitaries who are not only confirmed but are already in Lagos for the award" he
said. Idowu urged all invited guests, nominees and the
media to be at the venue at 6pm prompt as there will be noroom
for ‘African time’.

‘’This is because the programme will be aired live by Supersports
on Channel 209 (Supersports 9) from 7pm.and beamed to
millions of sports loving individuals not only in Nigeria but the entire African community and beyond’’
he added.

Idowu also used the opportunity to commend Bet9ja – Nigeria’s leading sports betting company
for their continued sponsorship and support as
a major partner to the Nigerian Sports Award.
In Nigeria's commercial nerve centre, Lagos, shanty wooden constructions
using several a satellite dish, a tv and also
seats are common sight. These sites called 'seeing centers', offer a majority of the
football-mad inhabitants in the city the opportunity to see the European football
league games, typically for significantly less than a dollar.
So did the existence of these centers that are viewing as the popularity of these matches grew in the early

On match-days, these places are often packed with passionate fans rooting for their favourite teams but more recently,
devotees might be noticed by a keen observer at seeing centers
clutching a white piece of paper and athletic replica
jerseys - a 'ticket'. Despite the view that sport wagering kicked off in Nigeria only recently, the initial sport gambling
companies recorded their very first entry to the marketplace in 2007.

Ordinarily, sport gambling involves punters predicting the results of matches
and getting their bets to correspond with the stakes.
The stakes are rewarded with stipulated winnings if the
predictions are right. In Nigeria, where there are millions of football fans that were unbelievably enthusiastic, sport wagering
has found its house that was proverbial.

Finally, fans began to learn more about the real possibility
of making money from these games played with thousands of miles away but
also not only watching football. For enthusiasts who watch football as
a leisurely pastime, the capacity to make money out of it has presented an opportunity
too great to pass up.

Cash is the name of the game

Generally, fans are employed to hosting heated conversations on the monstrous weekly wages in their favourite footballers but that dialogue on its head has
turned. Football fanatics discuss their gains from
stakes as the sport has changed into a viable revenue stream.
Every other weekend, gambling businesses announce big winnings from stakes placed with sums as low as N100
(50 cents)


Of raking in millions from sums that are meagre,
the possibility is enough motivation for punters across the nation to wager
on a daily basis and consequently, gaming enormously notable numbers are recorded by businesses.

Ademola Adebajo, CEO of Stakersden, a top betting business
in Lagos, jobs that daily stakes run into billions of Naira.

Punters in the nation are currently seeing this as a way to obtain daily bread and it's
also not uncommon to see folks appropriating a specific sum for gambling daily," Adebajo said.

Despite the high rates of joblessness and poverty in Nigeria, punters cut regardless of getting powers across various demographics. According to Adebajo, low income getting punters spend between N200 ($1) and N1000 ($5) on wagers while high income earners, labeled 'big ticket customers' spend thousands more, although these big ticket customers are securely in the minority.

In recent years, as Nigeria is becoming a flourishing marketplace, get market share to various levels of success and sports betting firms have sought to latch on.

The default option business model sees the firms set up shop in a fundamental working office while seeking to set up a wide network of affiliate agents who start mortar and brick shops where clients can come into place bets. On the wagers put in their shops, brokers as they are formally known, or affiliate shop owners, make commissions for their part in the commercial chain. Sports betting companies also manage an internet business model using the net penetration in Nigeria, while the offline element prospers.

The Nigerian Communications Commission announced that internet users in the state had reached 97 million last month. With more than half of the country online, gaming firms understand the need to establish feasible online operations. For this function, sites are set up for punters to start personal accounts where they conduct transactions that range from placing stakes, depositing funds into an online wallet and transferring winnings got from wagers for their bank accounts. While both versions are explored by some firms aggressively, others like NairaBet only opt to remain mostly on-line versions thereby sidestepping the fiscal and logistical consequences of setting up and running a large scale offline version.

Step one however, is buying a gaming permit for an annual cost of N10 million ($50,000) from regulators. Although the cost of kick starting operations is not low, gaming firms require deep pockets to pay out winnings from punters which will often come across numerous millions in one weekend, cumulatively.

Actually, the inability to pay up quickly after big wins has been proven to cause serious embarrassment for betting firms and on some occasions, eventual closing. Last May, on a weekend that saw few upsets and most predicted results clicking, punters on Bet9ja, the market leader in the sport gambling space were said to have garnered up to N700 million ($3.5m) in winning wagers. To its credit, Bet9ja paid promptly- a feat that can't be matched by a few other firms.

Certainly, the business landscape is changing rapidly as gaming businesses compete vigorously for market share. According Adebajo of Stakersden, gaming firms with actual targets of domination CAn't play modest to. Companies like Bet9ja have come into the marketplace to redefine how sport gambling must be achieved and every operator is responding to the developments," he said.

"The business landscape has went from attempting to open a corner store someplace and offer betting services to folks. The huge companies are always innovating and upping the ante in the sector. New entrants will want major startup capital to measure up."

The requirement for initiation has found businesses seek ways to make betting easier
and less prohibitive for punters as live telephone gambling services have already been launched.
Stakersden has also recently started a brand new service in collaboration with leading telecoms firms.

Adebajo says the next stage of evolution will probably be fuelled
by foreign investment while some believe the Nigerian market
is saturated and can no longer evolve. "Foreign businesses happen to be licensed to operate here and more are anticipating to procure licenses or to partner with local operators. So in the next FIVE years, we expect to see foreign firms taking a chunk of the shareholding of many of these firms to compete."

An improbable alternative

Given Nigeria's high unemployment figures, the creation of jobs
by the private sector is important and in this regard, the effect of sport betting
has been deep. While other focus on maximizing their reach regionally, the
sector has created a large number of jobs directly and
indirectly, with nationwide operations running. As they make money through commissions, big businesses have staff strength running into
hundreds but through their associate networks, they offer agents a source of support through affiliate
partnerships. Joseph Chukwu, a store and graduate owner in Ikorodu, says sport gambling really has been a lifesaver.
"There are no occupations in the nation even for qualified graduates," he said.

"Rather than sit on my thumbs, I made a decision to set up my shop as an agent and make money through commissions. Initially I thought of it as something to do while something larger came along but now I am focusing on being a mogul of varieties and building a chain of stores. It may seem ridiculous but I've gone from looking for work to actually developing a business."

Adebajo believes high rate and the employment issues of poverty ensures that the chance to make
money from sports betting can hardly be discounted. "Bulk of Nigerians live below the poverty line and any activity that can legitimately turn a small sum of money into big sums will be appealing." The
opinions of Adebajo are backed by the many cases when Nigerians have fallen victim to fraudulent multi-level marketing and
pyramid schemes. Given the legitimacy of sport
wagering, its allure is ostensible.

In less than a decade, the sport betting business become
not just a source of income for many Nigerian punters but also big job development vehicle and has grown enormously.
Normally, Nigerians are pleased to watch football and celebrate the goals as well as other magical moments
but they do so knowing that every goal counts for something and win, lose or draw the results of the
game could matter for more than bragging
rights, these days. Watching and subsequent football games are no longer merely a straightforward recreational pastime, a late winning goal scored in the English Premier League or in the German Bundesliga is not any longer worth only
three points - to get a football enthusiast, it might buy the next meal.

Celeb guests and Sport personalities, fans will mingle this weekend, as popular gambling company,
BET9ja hosts card-carrying members of its own fans' club
into a nighttime of entertainment and rewards at the SS7
Lounge, Sapara Williams Close, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Supervisor of SS7 Lounge, Lola Adedeji, who said that all organizations have
been set in spot to make the night a memorable one, added that the event will bring the creme de la creme
of the society.

"The Bet9ja Devotees' Night Out has been specially packaged to bring together sport lovers, football stars as well as amusement celebrities to have some fun and jolly in a secure and peaceful ambience. Being Nigeria's finest and biggest bookmaker, Bet9ja cannot give anything less to their loyal fans and patrons who've stayed together over the years," she

She revealed that some of the personalities anticipated at the
ceremony are ex-Nigerian internationals, Victor Ikpeba and Peter Rufai, NFF officials, Bet9ja's CEO, Ayo Ojuroye, music stars,
Jesse Jagz and Brymo too as DJ Exclusive are among dignitaries expected at the big event.

"At SS7 Lounge, we provide the right atmosphere to watch sports, enjoy good food and beverages, and be cheerful - that is, in case your team is a victor," she enthused, including, "Don't forget to join our Live Band Thursdays, Karaoke Friday Night, Old School Naija, which takes place every last Saturday of the month, and other special occasions."