Nigerian activist and filmmaker Zuriel Oduwole is a 13-year-old prodigy who rose to prominence advocating for education for African girls, meeting nearly 20 world leaders, and making films.
Zuriel will collaborate with Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, and his foundation to promote education for girls in northern Nigeria.
According to a profile by CCTV Africa, Zuriel launched the Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up program as an educational initiative in 2013. She has also been chosen to be on a committee that will interweave tech with education.
CCTV Africa reports that the World Bank will donate $100 million to the project as an act of goodwill.
Zuriel says there are three ways to improve learning and to get these girls into school. These are the “human resources that are willing to teach; technology that you are able to share; provide the software to power all three.”
In addition, the young girl wants to change the narrative about the African continent by showing the positive in her films, rather than the negative.