—Zuriel on one of the radio shows she guests on during her 6-weeks travel | Credits: Monica Sanchez, DUSUSU Projects
By Kayode Taiwo Olla
13-year-old Zuriel Oduwole, a US-based Nigerian-American filmmaker and child education rights activist, has finally returned to base three days ago from a 6-week long journey across Kenya, South Africa, Namibia and Nigeria where she had events and programs all around the Education subject.
According to an email we got yesterday from Zuriel Oduwole Projects Coordinator Monica Sanchez, Zuriel’s journey had amazing activities which “included launching her DUSUSU Foundation [Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up] with her younger sisters in Lagos, Nigeria; presenting her Annual DUSUSU First Lady Award to the First Lady of Kenya at the State House
—Zuriel presenting the 2015 DUSUSU First Lady Award to the Kenyan First Lady, Her Excellency Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta last December | Credits: Zuriel Oduwole Facebook page
[“for supporting educational development”, to quote the award description line]; appearing on various TV and Radio Stations in South Africa to promote her Education initiatives; and teaching children of the Khoi San tribe in the Kalahari Desert in Namibia.” The young ever-so-passionate documentary filmmaker also shot a segment of a new film in Namibia during her journey.
—Zuriel with the Khoi San people in the Kalahari Deserts, teaching arithmetic figures through play and talk | Credits: Zuriel Oduwole Facebook page
Zuriel has since 9 years old been telling Africa’s story from a different perspective, via shooting documentaries about Africa and its unseen opportunities and prospects, interviewing world leaders and business tycoons and advocating for the education rights of the African girl child in the process. She has now finally and officially launched in Lagos her foundation for advocating the girl child education rights. According to the Guardian Nigeria Online, the launching event held at the Westwood Hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Here is the motivation for Zuriel’s decision to launch the foundation, as recorded by The Guardian Nigeria.
We always have to wait for sponsors to support before we can start some projects, but now that we have a foundation, we can begin to partner with organizations for some of our projects, and in some cases, we can fund them ourselves’. We had the idea a year ago in 2014 because sometimes, people asked how could they help and sometimes offered us money, but we could not receive anything because we were not properly set up for it’. So one of the partners at Aluko Oyebode & Co agreed to set up our foundation for free – they called it pro bono, so now, we can do things properly.
We celebrate with Zuriel on the successful launching of her DUSUSU Foundation. Our best wishes and prayers are with her on these noble and courageous endeavors.
Sources: Email from Monica Sanchez, DUSUSU Projects Coordinator; NGRGuardian.com; Zuriel Oduwole fan page on Facebook
Kayode Taiwo Olla is an intense lover – of the arts, of a certain lady, and of Jesus. He is a lecturer as well as a graduate student by daytime and a reader as well as a writer by dusk. He wishes for ever he can just paint with brush like artists do!