14-year-old Nigerian Girl Dazzles World Leaders At UN Summit

Zuriel Elise Oduwole  is the 14 year old whose name seems to be on the lips of both old and young. SHe is currently attending the UN Summit. At such a tender age, she has gone ahead to achieve so much, almost more than a lifetime. Zuriel has not ceased to prove herself over and over again as a dedicated education rights advocate. Her fervent advocacy brings her worldwide recognition, fame, and has earned her a most coveted position as one of the youngest persons to grace the covers of Forbes Magazine.

Zuriel Oduwole is renowned to have met with  and interviewed 19 Presidents and Prime Ministers in line with her education advocacy work. Some of these include the leaders of Jamaica, Nigeria, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Guyana and Namibia and others. She has also appeared on several popular television stations including CBNC, Bloomberg TV, BBC and CNN. In 2013, Zuriel was listed in the New African Magazine’s list of “100 Most Influential People in Africa” 

Presently now, she is  in New York on the invitation of leaders for the 71 st session of the United Nations General Assembly. In excitement over her invitation to the UN General Assembly, she took to her social media page to write:

I speak at The United Nations. So as a child, I saw many things on TV I did not understand. I still see many things I don’t understand, but I am learning a little how some things in world works. Not all of it is nice. Not all of it is good to learn about. Sometimes, I ask why cant someone just do something. I am in New York for the UN events, and have seen a lot already. Yesterday, I got to visit the UN, and spoke. I met some more world leaders, and saw a lot just walking past me. I was invited by some leaders to hear my ideas too. I still don’t understand a lot of things, but I am enjoying myself, and also learning a lot. I definitely need wisdom. Thank you LORD Jesus, for this Gift and the Favors. I am loving it.


Zuriel is also a filmmaker, dedicated to driving positive stories and encouraging a positive outlook on the continent. No starving children or disease ravaged environment for Zuriel. Ashe cares about is making everyone around the world understand that the continent of Africa has so much to give aside from the occasional misrepresentation of her people and places.


The 14-year-old girl who was born in Los Angeles to a Nigerian father and a Mauritian mother, is the first Nigerian African Girl-Child educational campaigner. She is also reputed to be the first African child to be appointed honorary ambassador position by a foreign Government. She was conferred with an ambassadorial status in Tanzania by the country’s first lady, Mrs. Salma Kikwete in 2013. Recently, Zuriel was announced as Global Ambassador for the Ethiopian Airlines. The airline will be Zuriel’s official carrier across three continents to help her with the campaign for girl child education with world leaders

Through her “Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up” initiative, Zuriel is empowering young girls and re-branding the image of Africa. She believes that by creating awareness, she can add her own quota to making the world a better place for people to live in. 

She is also just a regular teenager who hangs out with her siblings when she is home from her busy schedule. Follow her on twitter Zuriel Oduwole

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