Online Gambling Emerging in Africa
Internet gambling has made its way to Africa. While to what degree has yet to be determined, gambling itself has been heating up in Africa for a while now, as the National Gambling Policy was recently approved by the cabinet in South Africa and stakeholders are starting to realize its potential benefits.
Those benefits are expected to be explored in great depth on April 11th and 12th, when some of the top sports and gaming board decision-makers will group together to discuss the prospects of online gambling and other gaming topics at the WrB Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria.
Per Clarion Events senior events producer Curtis Roach, the company is holding the event to determine just how big online gambling could become in Nigeria and its surrounding areas.
Roach commented on the region and suggested Nigeria could be the perfect starting point for internet gambling in Africa:
“The region is known for its troubles and government issues, but this market is in its growth stage,” Roach said. “Nigeria is a leader in this market, and it has a lot of investment dollars. Reforms have happened. It’s hard to say on the size of the market,” he continued. “But we have some people doing research papers, and Nigeria is definitely the leader.”
The event looks to raise awareness and promote interest, while gauging potential growth in online gambling in Africa.
An impressive speaker lineup includes Lanre Gbajabiamila (CEO of the Lagos State Lottery Board), John Kamara (director of Global Gaming Africa), Tarimba Abbas (director general of the Tanzania Gaming Board), Edward Lalumbe (COO of the Gauteng Gambling Board) and Matthias Jacek Wodjdyla (head of IA at FIFA).
About WrB Africa
The WrB Africa was formed to explore all opportunities in gambling in the Nigeria region. It’s main goal is to exercise regulatory framework that will encourage a working gaming industry that can grow in Africa. Point A figures to be Nigeria, but the hope is clearly for it to expand throughout the continent.
There is real hope for online gambling to combine with properly orchestrated casinos to ensure financial and economic growth for Nigeria, a notion that would hopefully inevitably branch out throughout Africa. The WrB Africa encourages exiting operations or prospective operators to attend the April event to learn more about the exciting new opportunities in the thriving gaming market.
The event is slated for April 11-12 in Lagos, Nigeria.
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