Zuriel Oduwale:
12-year-old Super Journalist

As a girl, I am concerned that not every girl has a right to get an education or a chance to accomplish her dreams like me.
— Zuriel Oduwale

Nigeria-born Zuriel Oduwale is the youngest person in the world to be featured in Forbes Magazine and is one of Africa’s 100 Most Influential People of 2013. Zuriel wants to understand why girls in developing countries have little access to education.  

Through interviewing 14 heads of state, she noticed that cultures value boys more,believing that girls are worthless once they marry and change their names. Zuriel is right to point that “governments have little resources or don’t see the need to invest in education because it won’t have results till maybe 10 or 20 years later”.  

She makes it clear that everything she does is to inspire young black women like herself and shows she is “concerned that not every girl has a right to get an education or a chance to accomplish her dreams like she does.” 

The young journalist has since set-up the “Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up” campaign with the mission to inspire girls to stay in school, and remains active in the media, showing positive things about Africa.  

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