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Meet Inspiring 11 Year-Old Zuriel Oduwole! Watch her Ebonylife Interview



Zuriel Oduwole BellaNaijaOver the last 12 months, BellaNaija have spotted 11 Year-Old Zuriel Oduwole in various magazine including Forbes Africa and also watched her interviews with notable personalities including Presidents and CEOs. Zuriel was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Africa for 2013 by New African Magazine.

Here is now Zuriel describes herself on the website for her non-profit program – Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up

I am an 11 year old American girl of Nigerian and Mauritian descent. I’m in the 8th grade at school right now. I am working hard to do my school projects, play in my basketball league, and still do what I enjoy a lot – like my extracurricular activities of interviewing leaders and inspiring girls around the world to dream bigger.

My Vision & Mission
As a girl, I am concerned that not every girl has a right to get an education or a chance to accomplish her dreams like me.

My vision is to see that this changes one day, and my mission is to use my “Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up” program to inspire girls to accomplish this mission.

Watch an excerpt from her Ebonylife TV interview below.


  1. @edDREAMZ

    February 24, 2014 at 9:03 am

    This girl is just so awesome…. She is so confident and am proud she is a nigerian….. Every parents dream gal….. Keep up with the gud work zuriel… (luvly name also)

  2. Fancy

    February 24, 2014 at 9:33 am

    love her!

  3. Nneks

    February 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I love her….

  4. Uju Lilian Ikegbune

    February 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Wow! Amazing• I love her too

  5. Cy

    February 24, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Amazing Child….

  6. no heart to hate

    February 24, 2014 at 10:28 am

    So Good of her to have this Drive at her age

  7. Rhecks

    February 24, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Totally inspiring…..

  8. Marie Antoinette

    February 24, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Wow! Awesome girl! The first I watched her interview, I had goose bumps…she’s a huge inspiration at such a young age. May God keep her, her dreams and aspirations alive. Her parents must be super proud.

  9. Bibi

    February 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Awesome! Go girl.

  10. LamLam

    February 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Awesome in more ways than 1, i’l have a child like her in future in Jesus name Amen!

  11. whocares

    February 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Ahh and to think she is only 11. Imagine what she would have achieved by the time she is 25, or 50. I cannot watch the interview, but the poise she exudes from the photograph says a lot.

  12. Grrrrrrrrrtttttfg

    February 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Interesting. Please speak to those akatas over there. Africans already know this some just lack the opportunity. Her African accent mixed with American makes her sound Australian/newzealand ish

  13. Eve

    February 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Adorable @ 11…

  14. frances

    February 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    read about her before..ti sooo inspiring..
    our Naija parents should help kids develop their talents and not knock them on the head/force them to read law or medicine.let the child explore their areas of interest from an early age and support them..

  15. Arike

    February 25, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Wow…she made me cry…amazing and oh so inspiring

  16. Ibukun Omotoyinbo

    March 1, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    This is so astonishing. So, why was she not listed or invited to the Centenary celebrations. Is it because she is too young, or no money can be made from her. Our leaders should celebrate real success and accomplishments, not perceived success. If I stage a coup, am I successful, or is it because I have a Gun. well done jare young Girl. You make Nigeria proud. Pure Talent !!!!

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