Are you looking for a modern-day rag to riches story to inspire you, look no further than that of Eric Obuh aka Vocal Slender.
Eric started out working as a scavenger digging through dump sites to find scraps to sell, so that he could pay for studio time to record his music. He was first discovered by BBC for a documentary called “Welcome to Lagos” and his clip of the documentary was shared on YouTube through which he became known across the world. Since the documentary, Eric has recorded several songs, which he distributes on his YouTube channel opening his music up to a new audience. To give back to the community he comes from, Eric uses Google+ and YouTube to raise awareness of underprivileged youngsters in the slums of Lagos. He started a charity that raises funds for scholarships and encourages kids to stay in school.
Eric’s story has been shortlisted as one of the top 10 amazing stories from out of Africa of people that are running ventures that use the web and Google to transform lives and communities and from February 18th to March 7th 2014 can be voted for into the five most inspiring success stories. The winners will each receive a $25,000 Africa Connected prize to help make their success even greater.
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