Meet The 14-Year-Old Nigerian Filmmaker Who Has Interviewed 24 Heads Of State

Zuriel Odewole

Meet Zuriel Oduwole, the nine years old Nigerian girl taking the internet by storm for interviewing various African presidents and top business mogul.

Born in California to a Nigerian father and a Mauritian mother, Zuriel is regularly portrayed as “the world’s youngest filmmaker.”

Now at age 14, she has effectively coordinated four documentaries – all of which concentrate on issues influencing Africa.

The teenager’s energy for making provocative substance began when she chose to enter a documentary-making competition at school. The then nine-year-old made a film about the Ghanaian insurgency.

After the competition, Zuriel was chomped by the executive’s bug and needed to make more films.

The persevering young lady at that point went online to discover the equipment she needed to help her 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 Zuriel who is presently self-trained and utilizes web based altering and voice programming.

Her second documentary, “Educating and Healing Africa Out of Poverty,” taken a gander at the production of the African Union in 1963.

She took after this up in 2014 with her film “Technology in Educational Development.”

However, it was her latest venture that collected her worldwide approval.

Released before the end of last year, “A Promising Africa” is the first in an ongoing series which will profile five African countries – beginning with her father’s homeland of Nigeria.

“I’ve interviewed 24 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 Zuriel.

“I’ve also been able to interview business leaders like my friend Mr Aliko Dangote.”

To date, “A Promising Africa” has received a limited-release on the big screen in five countries — Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, UK and Japan.

The skilled high schooler was named by Business Insider as one of world’s 100 most powerful individuals last year.

“I’m hoping that when people see these documentaries they will see Africa is full of positive things — not just the things that are on the news like war, famine, disease,” Zuriel says.

“I want to show them there is a lot more to Africa than what we see on the news — there’s dancing, music, great culture and more.”

14-year-old Zuriel – who is home-schooled through an online Californian framework – is now a ninth grader. She is two years ahead of the children her age.

Her mom, Patricia, has a full time work as a computer engineer, while her dad, Ademola, has required some investment off his work in the tourism area to help his little girl – all while caring for her three other siblings.

“There really is a lot happening in our household but somehow we make it work,” says Patricia Oduwole.

Zuriel is likewise a human rights and training advocate. She frequently goes to various African nations to converse with students about the significance of education.

Up until now, through her side venture Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up” she says she’s had the chance to converse with 21,000 kids in nine nations.

“Girl’s education is important because on the African continent, where there are not as many resources, the boys are the first [to get an education],” says Zuriel.

“The boys go to school and get an education while the girls stay at home. And those girls aren’t educated and have fewer options in life when they get older.”

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