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Eric Obuh
Vocal Slender
Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Eric (aka Vocal Slender) 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.

Steve Kyenze
Uweza Slum Gallery
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Steve runs a gallery in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. He works with poor children, teaching them how to sustain their lives with art. He nurtures their talent, helps them sell their paintings, and gives the funds to their parents for school fees. Steve uses Google Search to find inspiring images, which the children can use to develop their own paintings. Paintings done by the kids are displayed on the gallery website, from where buyers can purchase them.

Timothy Maguire
Grace Communion International
Location: South Africa

Timothy travels to the rural areas of Mozambique, a country ravaged by civil wars for many years, to provide people in remote villages with access to clean drinking water. This is critical for disease prevention and decreasing infant mortality. Timothy is unable to speak Portuguese, which is widely spoken in Mozambique. He uses Google Translate to communicate with the communities he works with. By copying emails and text messages sent to him by project managers into Google Translate he is able to read and respond to his colleagues to get the work done.

Mayowa Adegbile
Ashake Foundation
Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Mayowa used YouTube to post an appeal in order to raise funds for her initiative, a business school for widowed mothers, giving them the tools to make a living and support their families. Through Google Alerts she is able to keep track of news and information that she uses to inform and support the women in her care. With her use of the web she is helping to change lives and give the people who need it a second chance in life.

Eseoghene Odiete
Hesey Designs
Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Eseoghene started her own accessories business right out of university. She used Google Search and YouTube to learn how to create handbags, and via Search found contacts for blogs and magazines to feature her products. Her bags, which she now sells through her business website, have been featured in over 100 blogs. Helping others create a source of income, Eseoghene also conducts training classes for other women who want to learn her trade and build a similar business for themselves. Her dream is to build her business into an international brand that promotes African designs.

To be continued…..

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