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Zuriel Oduwole

In January 2017, US Secretary of State John Kerry honored Zuriel Oduwole at the State Department, aged 14. It was for Zuriel’s tireless development work across the globe and advocating for girls’ education especially in Africa, so they can go to school and are not getting married young.

Zuriel’s advocacy saw her profile in Forbes Magazine at the age of 10 in 2013, while ELLE Magazine listed her among 33 women who changed the world in 2015. Zuriel has spoken to 47,300 youths in 18 countries about the power of education and has met one-on-one with over 30 world leaders, including the Presidents of Malta, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Croatia, Tanzania, and Egypt, to share ideas on addressing the world’s youth educational challenges.

She met Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi in March 2018, and fifteen months later in July 2019, the country outlawed girl marriage. Zuriel always brings a simple but insightful youthful voice to major development events and causes, around the world.

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