Teen activist Zuriel Oduwole: ‘Education is more than learning in class’
DW: Zuriel, how did you manage to achieve all this at such a young age?
Zuriel Oduwole: When I was nine, I entered a national competition here in the United States on behalf of my school. Basically, students were asked to create a documentary on a revolution that happened in history. A lot of my fellow students were doing things, either in the United States, in Europe or even Asia, so I thought how about I do something different and do a documentary on the African continent.
I did a lot of research and I found out that the Ghana revolution was one of the most successful held on the continent. So I decided that would be my topic. So I went to Ghana to shoot some scenes for my documentary but also I was there to meet with president Jerry Rawlings because he was the one who started the revolution.
While in Ghana for that film project, that’s when I first saw with my own eyes girls who are just like me, similar ages. I saw them out on the streets instead of being in school and getting an education. So when I got home from that trip I took some time to think about what I can do to maybe try and help get those girls back into school. When I was 10 years old, I started my Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up project and that’s my education program where basically I try to get more girls on the African continent into schools.