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How a teen filmmaker is fighting for girls’ education

Hey kids, in this inspiring video, we meet Zuriel Oduwole, a 14-year-old filmmaker and activist, advocating for children’s education in Africa, through her ‘Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up’ project.

She has already met with 24 of the continent’s heads of state, and hopes to be a role model for local communities, in order to motivate them to send their daughters to school.

In 2013, while still only 10, Zuriel became the youngest person to be profiled by Forbes magazine. And in November 2014, aged 12, she became the world’s youngest filmmaker to have a self-produced and self-edited work screened, after her film showed in two movie chains, and then went on to play in Ghana, England, South Africa and Japan.

Oduwole has met with many presidents and prime ministers in line with her education advocacy work. Some of these include the leaders of Jamaica, Croatia, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Liberia, South Sudan, Malta, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, Sierra Leone and Namibia. She has also appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, the BBC and CNN.

In 2013, Oduwole was listed in the New African Magazine’s list of ‘100 Most Influential People’ and in October 2017, Harvard University graduate school featured her development story.

Read more about Zuriel’s inspiring story here.

View the original video here.

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