New African Woman’s youngest awardee addresses gathered leaders at the annual Nigerian Higher Education Foundation Gala in New York. She speaks on the importance of raising educational standards for girls in Africa. And Africa is rising!
Zuriel Oduwole, the American born, and of Nigerian and Mauritius heritage has been on the forefront of girl’s education advocacy since 2009.
The 13-year-old Filmmaker and founder of ‘Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up’ project has spoken to over 23, 000 children in 9 countries.
Zuriel was listed in the New African Magazine‘s list of “100 Most Influential People in Africa”, in 2013.
In march 2016, she attended the New African Woman Forum and Awards. At the event, when asked about her key motivation to young girls , she said: “I always think it’s impossible until someone does it. Because all is possible. nothing is ever impossible, maybe a little difficult to accomplish but never impossible.” At the NAWF, Oduwole was awarded for her contribution in education.
At the education event in New York, she finalised her speech with a resounding message: “Nigeria and Africa are rising, please rise with them.”
Below, we have a full clip of this young lady with the inspirational wand.