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What has ICT got to do with this? And what has Christmas got to dowith ICT4D or even ICT4Change? Perhaps everything! A quick search at  Google reveals that indeed, the Internet and Cyberspace is now a deep  rooted culture especially among the youths of the world and that Cyber  Santa has contributed to the propagation of Information andCommunications Technologies – with particular reference to the Internet world or Cyberspace.No wonder therefore that Chris Uwaje (IT ORACLE) has invoked thepowers of the Oracle world to ensure that “Bake for Change” actualizes  her vision and dreams to put smiles and transmit “Can do’ Cyberlife  Knowledge to the underserved, less privileged and down trodden in  Nigeria.

Bake for Change is a baking club put together by four young technology  connected minds who are out there to prove that Nigerians care and are  poised for change despite the challenges faced by many less  privileged. And above all, that Technology can be a core agent for change in the Nigeria equation – if well coordinated.

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In the pix: 5th Right is Chris Uwaje (IT Oracle as Cyber Santa)flanked by Gbenga Egunjobi (6th Right) Nkem Uwaje, Mrs. Karin Uwaje  (Santa Mama) Ngozi Coker (centre front) Ashim Uwaje and Misan Begho  (kneeling) and other volunteers in front of the Special Correctional  Centre for Boys.


Having recognized that there are millions of kids out there grasping for breath in want and gaping for help, Bake for Change in December 2010, rolled up their sleeves and went to town – armed with their Mobile Phones, Internet devices to raise funds during their December Donation Marathon. They proved amongst other things that there are many people out there who are ready to give and share what they have  with the less privileged provided there are people / volunteers like  Bake for Change who are ready to serve.

They visited four Lagos State run facilities, as listed below

-Lagos State Special Correctional Centre for Boys, Oregun, Lagos

-Lagos State Old Peoples’ Home, Yaba, Lagos

-Lagos State Children’s Transit Home, Idi-Araba, Lagos

-Lagos State Special Correctional Centre for Girls, Idi-Araba, Lagos

All in all the project was a huge success and as expected, the Oracle inspired many children at the homes with Information Technology Knowledge rhythms. This he calls e-positive manipulation in Cyberspace. The kids at the end of the day received a lot of gift items made possible by different individuals that donated generously towards the initiative.

And as 2011 unfolds, the Bake for Change Initiative is planning more ways to implement various ideas, including the use of ICT tools to affect more lives positively in Nigeria and beyond.

Well done guys!

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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