Zuriel Oduwole, born in July 2002 in Los Angeles – California to a Nigerian Father is Social Entrepreneur and an emerging Film Maker who has spent the last 5 years trying to make a difference across the Globe
So far, she has spoken to more than 24,500 youths across 11 countries about the importance of Education, as part of her Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up project. Some of these countries include Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, Mauritius, the United Kingdom, and her largest audience yet – 16,000 screaming youths at the SAP center in San Jose – California.
Last June at the age of 12, she was the youngest invitee to the annual Crystal + Lewis Women In Film Award in Beverly Hills, in her position as the worlds Youngest Film maker, rubbing shoulders with such notables as Ava DuVernay at the INVITE only event.
She made her first film at the age of 9, about the Ghana Revolution, traveling to Ghana to meet and interview President Jerry Rawlings for that project. As the worlds youngest film maker according to CNN, her last self produced documentary film at age 12 in 2014 called A Promising Africa, showed in 2 movie theater chains overseas, and has now screened in 5 countries on 3 continents, including Accra – Ghana, London – England, Lagos – Nigeria, Cape Town – South Africa, and the city of Tokyo -Japan. She now teaches film making to young unemployed children across the globe, with her first projects held in Windhoek – Namibia, and Lagos – Nigeria.
As a TV producer, she was commissioned by Procter & Gamble last summer at age 12 to create a documentary as part of their successful global #LikeAGirl Campaign. She has also been featured on every major global TV Network, including CNN, BBC, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and CCTV.
She is on record as the youngest person in the world to be featured on Forbes Magazine at age 10 in 2013. New York’s Business Insider named her the Most Powerful 11 Year Old in The World in April 2014, and was named by ELLE Magazine in March 2015 in their annual 33 Women Who Changed The World listings, alongside Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and ABC TV Super Producer – Shonda Rhimes
When she’s not working on projects, she is traveling across the world teaching underprivileged kids film making, as part of her “Film Making 101” Project she started a few months ago. She has now delivered this in 2 countries, overseas, and spoken on this as well to a major University’s undergraduate media class.