12 Year Old Nigerian Journalist & Filmmaker Is Youngest Person Ever Interviewed by Forbes Magazine


We have so much to be proud of; Nigerians are awesome! First we brought you the news of Kimberly Anyadike, the youngest female pilot to fly cross country America, and now, we believe the world needs to celebrate the excellence that is 11 year old Zuriel Oduwole – the youngest person ever interviewed by Forbes Magazine, not because she is black, but because she is supremely talented.

Zuriel, beautiful name which is Hebrew for ‘God is my Rock’, is an award winning documentary filmmaker who loves interviewing the world’s top leaders and reporting on important stories people need to follow.

©zurieloduwole.com| Zuriel Oduwole with the Revd Jesse Jackson

You might not think she is like the typical preteen, but she begs to differ. As she explained to RisingAfrica.org:

I do all the usual things like go to the mall with my mum and sisters and ride my bike with my neighbours {but} I am in a home school-based curriculum, so that allows me to get ahead in my school work and then I have some time to travel for my extra curricular programmes like my Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up programme, or interviewing leaders for my documentaries.

Zuriel began pursuing documentary-making and journalism when she was nine after entering a competition in the United States, where she resides with her Mauritian mother, Nigerian father and three siblings. The competition asked applicants to produce a documentary “about a revolution or reaction in history”.

©zurieloduwole.com| Zuriel Oduwole with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan

“I knew right away what I wanted to do even though I was only nine. It was my opportunity to find a successful revolution and show the world that Africa is not all bad.”

She is being called the next Oprah Winfrey and is focused on re-branding Africa by showing the positivity happening on the continent, fighting for education of girls and setting a great example.

©zurieloduwole.com| Zuriel with business magnate Aliko Dangote


We know she will complete every goal her young mind sets out to achieve and much, much more. The wonderful thing is we will be able to watch and admire her progress over the next few decades.

Well done, young lady! Onwards and upwards!

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