06-08-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo
Most Kenyan citizens live with salaries or income that does not exceed € 100 per month.
Since gaining independence, Kenya has never done much to elevate its people's status, especially by creating the prerequisites: improving schooling, lowering healthcare costs and improving services.
Driven by the now-sick Western system, the African country has fallen into technology before even laying the foundations for a decent life of its "fourth state." So he created a miserable army with the smartphone and a host of shacks with the satellite for digital TV.
In return he left room for the dream.
Today, the "Kenyan dream" is likely to take away the poor people, the workers and those who land the lunar, even those two picks found in their pockets.
As it was in the Italian post-war period with the "Sisal", then "Totocalcio" and in the eighties with the advent of "Scratch and Win" and "Superenalotto" (still in vogue), the "Kenyan Dream" is becoming rich By having a series of sports results on one of the digital platforms on the internet.
With fifty shillings (which for a Kenyan earning 10,000 is like saying 5 euros for a 1000-payer) you can win 10 million (at the exchange rate these days are about 85 thousand euros).
This is what happened to a Malindi boy who makes one of the heaviest and less paid crafts on the Kenya coast: the cavalry.
Charo Hamisi Karisa splits coral stones for those who grow up the country by making homes, just like those who split their backs in the Italian quarries in the 1950s to enrich the great construction builders.
Charo is 24 years old, has attended his village school in the Kilifi hinterland, mixed concrete mud tanks and sheet metal roofs, and probably a teacher for 90 pupils.
In Malindi he found work to send to his parents what little his salary allowed and he did not pull back, hoping to be able to afford one of his family.
For those who are not overwhelmed by resignation and mixed frustration at the end of the day with a glass of palm wine or beer, you have to spend a "fifty" with football bets.
So Charo in July this year decides to play a bit of his daily pay by cultivating the dream.
And the dream a few days ago knocked on his door or, better, he played on his cell phone.
With 12 results on the Elitebet site, Charo won the "jackpot" of the week, which means 10 million shillings.
The boy was invited to Nairobi, at the site of the online sports betting platform, and found himself in the spotlight of the media interviewing him.
The demand for rite is, of course, "what you will do with all this money".
The answer is to those who still hope for a better future for Africa's poor and simple people.
"First of all, I want to send my younger sisters to a decent school," said Charo, to the FM Capital radio broadcaster. "I do not want to go to the same school where I studied."
The cavalry admits that he will not stop betting online, but he will certainly not be attracted to the new bank account and also warns his fellow countrymen to approach with sense of measure and wisdom to this game.
"I'm glad the betting company has given me a financial advisor to advise me how to handle the capital," said Charo. "I'm sure I will follow these tips and I will not be dazzled by the win."
Elitebet has confirmed that consulting and "financial plans" in winning the winnings are part of the prior agreements with the player.
Because ten million shillings for so many Kenyans are a daunting figure that can make you crazy, create envy and divide within the village or family. Not by chance, continuing in parallel with Italy, many cardinal millionaires ended in misery if they were not suicidal or had to leave their homeland or family.
This does not seem to be the risk of the young Malindi, and we sincerely hope for a conscious growth and, as it is said today, "sustainable".
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