Inspiring the African Girl Child! 10 Year-Old Nigerian Girl Zuriel Oduwole Visits Malawi in her “Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up” Program


When a 10 year-old girl is conducting interviews
with world leaders such as Jesse Jackson and
having a feature in the renowned Forbes Africa
magazine, you know there is something special
about her.
Zuriel Oduwole, the incredibly gifted and
talented Nigerian Girl is in the news again
having just concluded her visit to Malawi, where
she formally launched the second country
destination point in her Dream Up, Speak Up,
Stand Up program, aimed at inspiring the
African Girl Child.
Nigeria was the first country she visited in
March this year. She was welcomed to Malawi
recently by the US Ambassador, Jeanine Jackson
and the Public Affairs officer, Gabriel Hons-
Olivier . Ambassador Jackson described Zuriel as
a true Ambassador of Mutual Friendship, who
has done an incredible job as a global citizen to
bring a fresh perspective on the need to educate
the African Girl Child.
During her visit, Zuriel visited several schools
including the Bishop McKenzie School, Dzuka
Girls High School , and the largest school in
Africa for AIDS related Orphans – Jacaranda
School . She interviewed the schools founder;
Marie Da Silva , a CNN Hero winner in 2008, on
the challenges of delivering on the promise of
the schools free education for the Orphans, in a
tough environment like Malawi. Zuriel capped off
her stay with a visit to a radio station, where
she spoke to students and their parents on the
value of early education, and the need to keep
the Girl Child in school. She has since left
Malawi for Tanzania, the next stop of her
program tour and arrived early this afternoon.
On her way through this program, for Africa
Zuriel has now interviewed 8 current African
Presidents and 2 former African Presidents,
covering a wide variety of topics from the UN
Millennium Development Goals, to the
Education of Africa’s children. These include the
current Presidents of Liberia, Kenya, Cape Verde,
South Sudan, Mauritius, Tanzania, Malawi, and
Nigeria. She also recently interviewed on a one-
on-one a select few high power delegate in New
York to the just concluded Clinton Global
Initiatives , including the Rev Jesse Jackson, and
the Denmark delegation to the UN, on DANIDA’s
activities in Africa.
She is due to focus on the Caribbean region
next, where she is scheduled to start meeting
with leaders from the region starting with
Jamaica, later this month.
What an inspiring young girl!


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