Betting the future

Banners announcing new betting shops or franchises are the fastest appearing in Lagos, second only to those of new churches and the latest church programmes. Young men (and some women) hold on to their printed bet receipts awaiting a turn of fortune. I have tried to understand this revived, reinvented phenomenon and here articulate my first …

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I finally get it. Uber. I had a great experience yesterday when I used the service for the very first time. Simple app user interface; a very professional, courteous driver. Uber invites, verifies, and signs up private car owners as drivers on its software platform. You install the app on your device, register, and tell …

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 is the new economic index. Now, you can exchange three like this for a bus ride from Ikeja to Yaba. Or for two bags of pure water. Or for two bottles of thinned colas. Or for four robo-robo chicken eggs. Or for two one-hundred-naira recharge cards. Or for one litre of petrol — with some …

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