It is no secret that Africa is a big fan of gambling. Gambling is a popular hobby in most African nations, whether the participants are young or elderly, male or female. There are just a few exceptions to the rule in all 54 cases.
Because Islam is the predominant religion of Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, and Burundi, gambling is prohibited in these countries. For a long time, the gambling sector in Africa was seen as a net positive in terms of total impact, with the primary positives being taxes and job possibilities. However, that point of view has shifted slightly in the last several years. Governments were aware of the continuous increase in problem gambling and realized there was a reason to be concerned.
Unfortunately, the realization did not occur quickly enough to prevent the problem from spreading further,
and gambling addiction is now a widespread problem in many African nations. So, how does the issue stand in reality? An analysis of Africa’s most at-risk gamblers, the issues they are confronted with, and potential solutions to the problem are presented in this article. But what exactly is the risk of compulsive gambling? Gambling addiction causes individuals to get blinded by false hope, and subsequently it destroys their life. Poor communities, for example, are an excellent illustration of this, where people aspire for “the big win” as a type of salvation.
Unfortunately, this is an uncommon occurrence. Instead, they wind up losing the majority of their money,
forcing them to accrue even greater financial obligations. Their relationships may shatter, and they may be forced to drop out of school or lose their work. In such circumstances, many individuals resort to drastic means such as criminal activity or even suicide. Gambling addiction may also lead to a variety of health complications. Anxiety, depression, insomnia, hypertension, and heart disease, to mention a few of the symptoms of problem gambling, have been linked to it in studies conducted all over the globe.
Typically, it is children and teenagers between the ages of 10 and 24. As a result, in contrast to studies conducted in Western nations, there has been minimal investigation into compulsive gambling in Africa. As a consequence, there is insufficient information to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the extent to which underage and illicit gambling occurs throughout Africa.
According to the available statistics, 54 percent of young people between the ages of 17 and 35 who live in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania gamble on a regular basis, according to the data. Kenya has the greatest percentage of young gamblers (76 percent) of all of these nations, while Ghana has the lowest rate (14 percent) (42 percent ).
Why do so many young people in Africa engage in gambling?
For starters, gaming is simple to get by in Africa, especially in urban areas. Most individuals can take their casinos about with them everywhere they go in their pockets, even if they don’t have access to a real casino or betting store where they reside (which is quite unusual). Gambling on mobile devices and the internet is very popular among young people. Despite the common belief that women do not gamble, this sort of gambling is quite popular among female gamblers. Just as experts have observed, women typically prefer “closet gambling,” where they may gamble without anybody even realizing that they’re even doing so.
As a result of social pressure or their family history (if they had a parent or other family member who gambled), many young individuals become involved in gambling as well. However, more than 70% of young players said that they continue to play for one and only one reason: money.
Students at Kenya’s universities bet at a high rate of 78 percent, frequently putting their academics on hold in order to increase their chances of winning big. However, in the process, they often endanger their financial as well as their physical well-being. This is a tragic reality, as shown by the fact that Kenya has seen at least five gambling-related suicides in the last several years.