Born in California in 2002 to a Nigerian mother and Mauritanian father, Zuriel became an inspiring and committed advocate for girls’ education throughout Africa, meeting with state leaders to come up with policies that improve opportunities for education – including putting an end to child marriage.
Oduwole has met with 31 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 & the Grenadines, Guyana, Sierra Leone and Namibia. She has also appeared in popular television stations including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, BBC and CNN.
A self-taught filmmaker, Zuriel made four documentaries by the age of 12 and in 2015, she became the youngest person to be interviewed by Forbes magazine. In 2017, the publication included her in its list of Africa’s 100 Most Influential Women.