John Kerry Honours Nigeria’s Zuriel Oduwole in Washington DC

John Kerry welcomes Zuriel Oduwole to State Department

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in between managing global flashpoints such as Syria, Iran and Israel, has met with Nigeria’s 14-year old Girl Child Education Advocate, Zuriel Oduwole.

Secretary Kerry addressing the young advocate

He commended Zuriel for what he called her “clarity of purpose” in her fight for Girls Education in Africa through her “Dream Up, Stand Up” project! He also pointed out her other secondary initiatives such as her film making class for unemployed youths in Africa.

Zuriel has now taught a film making class to over 305 youths across 4 African countries – including Namibia, Kenya, Mauritius and Nigeria.

John Kerry was impressed that a student from her first film class workshop in February 2016 – Namibian girl Anna Kalola, produced her first documentary just 9 months later in November 2016 in Windhoek.

Zuriel who is fluent in English and Mandarin asked Secretary Kerry what his most difficult challenge was in the last four years as Secretary of State. In one word, he replied “Syria”. He explained the difficulty was because of the various proxies and complexities of dealing with many factions with varying interests in the country.

“This is a true moment of honour for your country as no Nigerian, African or US individual, who is not associated with a foreign government at the highest level, has ever been scheduled to meet formally on a one-on-one basis with a current US Secretary of State,” he added.

 

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Iheanyi Igboko is a social advocate, educator and journalist/blogger; working actively in the education and human development sector. He is passionate about promoting access to quality education, increasing youth active participation and engagement, and empowering young people to develop solutions to their problems. He craves unending hopes of a better Nigeria that will meet the hopes and aspirations of her citizens; and committed to building a nation that will seamlessly harness and develop her numerous human and capital potentials.

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