AT THE AGE OF ELEVEN, WITH FOUR DOCUMENTARIES, AFRICAN-AMERICAN ZURIEL, IS THE YOUNGEST PROFESSIONAL FILMMAKER
Flying solely on the wings of education for African girls, Zuriel started a now successful journey on making her voice heard and setting the right blocks in tandem with her dreams. From being (the youngest) featured in Forbes, to having her first movie screened in Ghana, South-Africa, England and Japan. Zuriel Oduwole who is now 14-years-old has met with 24 Presidents and Prime Ministers in line with her education advocacy work. Some of these include the leaders of Jamaica, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Liberia, South Sudan, Malta, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Guyana and Namibia. She has also appeared in popular television stations including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, BBC and CNN.
It all started three years ago when Oduwole decided to enter a school documentary-making competition with a film about the Ghana revolution. After a developed passion, she resorted to the web to find the tools she needed and got involved in the entire film-making process.
"As I edit, produce, set up and write the scripts for my documentaries, I have to learn a lot of things," says Oduwole, who is self-taught and uses online editing and voice software.
Her second outing, "Educating and Healing Africa Out of Poverty," looked at the creation of the African Union in 1963. She followed it up in 2014 with her movie "Technology in Educational Development."
"A Promising Africa" (watch trailer below) is the first in an ongoing series which will profile five African nations, starting with her father's homeland of Nigeria.
"I've interviewed 14 heads of state and a few of those include the President of Tanzania, Liberia, Kenya, South Sudan, Nigeria and Cape Verde, to name a few," says Oduwole. "I've also been able to interview business leaders like my friend Aliko Dangote.
Goodluck Johnathan (Nigeria), Salva Kirr Mayardit (South Sudan), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), Jorge Fonseco (Cape Verde), Portia Simpson Miller (Jamaica), Thomas Thabane (Lesotho), Ralph Gonsalves (St Vincent & Grenadines), Denzil Douglas (St Kitts & Nevis), Jerry John Rawlings (Ghana), John Kufour (Ghana), Joyce Banda (Malawi), Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania), Rajkeswur Purryag (Mauritius), Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya); have made way to her certainly growing list of people she has interviewed.