US Secretary of State, Rt. Hon. John Kerry has been left amazed after meeting with 14-year-old Zuriel Oduwole in his office at the U.S. State Department in Washington DC.
Kerry met with the bright and brilliant teenager to commend her for her pro-active works.
According to him, not many people in their 30s could do what the young lady is and has been doing. He applauded her for her Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up project, through which Zuriel has been empowering girl-education.
John Kerry said:
“I don’t believe there is anyone out there under the age of 35 doing anything nearly as much as what you are doing,”
“It is incredible you have seen clearly the importance of these global challenges, and taken bold steps to do something about them. As far as I know, you are the world’s most powerful Girl, but you probably just don’t know it! You are inspiring and empowering Africa’s youth, and that is powerful.”
Zuriel might as well be one of the youngest filmmaker you have ever heard of. As a matter of fact, CNBC Africa considers her the youngest filmmaker in the world with about 4 produced documentaries at the time.
Did you know that the youngster has schooled over 305 youths across 4 African countries on filmmaking?
John Kerry was particularly impressed that her novel ventures are yielding positive fruits in the society. He was happy to bring to note that a 24 year old Namibian Anna Kalola, who was part of her filmmaking workshops in February 2016, produced her first documentary just 9 months later, in November 2016 in Windhoek.
It is of a special significance that her film works are always geared towards the building up of African societies. For instance, she is the brain behind A Promising Africa, which made waves in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, UK and Japan.
Zuriel Oduwole has interviewed high-profile personalities from all walks of life; from a good number of presidents and world leaders, Africa’s richest, Dangote, the Williams sisters to a host of others.
Last September, Zuriel was invited to speak at the UN. A while back she was also invited to the 50th anniversary of the AU in Ethiopia.
The Nigerian speaker and writer featured in Forbes Magazine at age 10 as one of Africa’s most influential people.
Zuriel Oduwole is a passionate journalist and a strong advocate for the African girl child- education and empowerment.