You only have to look at the number of specialist online gambling websites created in Nigeria, plus the introduction of those from abroad, to see how popular betting has become in the country. Nigerian people now have access to a wealth of options when it comes to sports betting and casino games.

Having a good choice of betting websites is one of the many reasons why gambling is taking off in Nigeria. However, without having the technology in place none of it would be possible. It is the development of technology that is the leading factor in the increasing popularity of gambling in Nigeria.

Payment systems, especially on mobile devices had long been a problem in Nigeria. Mobile payments simply failed to capture the attention of the Nigerian public in the same way they were in other African countries, such as Kenya. There are many reasons why Nigerians were not using the internet to make payments, including slow Internet connections and the threat of online fraud.

Thankfully, things have changed significantly over the past few years and you only have to look at the comments of Seun Anibaba, the CEO of Lagos State Lotteries Board. Speaking about online payment methods, Anibaba said, “We have seen significant growth in the number of payment solutions that are available. All that is definitely changing the gaming space,” before continuing, “The operators will go with whoever is faster, whoever can connect to their platform with less issues and glitches.”

The good news is not there are now plenty of domestic online payment methods that are trusted by those using gambling websites. With the increase in the number of trusted payment solutions, betting websites started to offer their services in Nigeria including Betway, one of the leading online gambling brands in the world. Betway had already opened their business to customers in other African countries including Ghana and South Africa. However, the lack of trusted payment methods and secure internet connections saw them delay their online opening in Nigeria but thankfully they are now in business in the country.

Compare the best Nigerian betting sites on and here you will see the wealth of options currently available. Betway has clearly become one of the leading brands in Nigeria but other online gambling options include 22Bet, Wazobet, Bet9ja, and Bet365.

With the technology in place, it was only going to be a matter of time before online gambling took off in Nigeria. This is a country that is hugely passionate about football, with the English Premier League being among the favourite competitions to watch for Nigerian football fans. Therefore, many fans would like to have a bet on the Premier League and other major football competitions and matches around the world. The Nigerian public have long been held back due to the poor Internet services and payment options but that has all changed and, as a result, so has the number of people gambling online.

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