I'm always inspired by stories of change. I watched a feature story on this particular guy who a few weeks back would not believe he would be seen all over the world (BBC, YouTube, etc)and even have the opportunity to travel or even shoot his music video in London.
Eric Obuh had been a scavenger and all he did was to source for scraps and sell them at the dump yard just to make a living. Along side he was a musician and also used the little money he got from the dump yard to support his music.
...every bit of scrap he finds brings him one step closer to his dream of launching his music career- BBC
His life had a new turn when he was featured on the controversial BBC documentary, "Welcome to Lagos" in the first episode he was one of the major characters and he shared his experience on the dump yard. He also had the opportunity to share his music with millions of people around the world. A rare opportunity many artists who have been in music for years do not have.
I would be right if I say his story can be tagged "the dump site to fame". Its a story of change.
The documentary brought him to limelight and he is no more a scavenger. Although he was denied a UK visa for a concert on the 31st of May he still has hope of traveling sometimes in June.
PS: I was not a fan of the Welcome to Lagos documentary. I believe there are better stories of Lagos which could be told, not just the slums, the dump sites or the shanties. This documentary could just be the single story of Lagos that would be told to people around the world.
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