Online Gambling Tops Mobile Money Usage By African Youth

According to a report by Geopoll, a great number of African adolescents are using mobile money for online gambling. The survey conducted interviews with young people aged 18-35 who have connections to a mobile phone in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast. Of those polled, 73 percent use mobile money mainly for sports betting. Mobile money was treated as a simple way to place bets and receive winnings. Additional applications for mobile resources included paying for home Internet (54 percent), purchasing airtime for mobile phones (53 percent) and paying for TV networks (53 percent).

Ghana has 100% mobile phone penetration and online betting apps have soared in popularity which led to the creation of the Gambling Commission a number of years ago.

Kenya was an early adopter of online sports betting, but in the region, the practice is deemed a vice. Leaders in the East African region have decried online gambling, with Kenya and Tanzania implementing regulatory measures that have reduced the number of sports betting companies.

In 2019 Uganda introduced regulations which prohibit the issuing of new licenses to online gambling companies. The regulation also means that existing license holders will not be able to renew their licenses once these expire.

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