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Nigerian Zuriel Oduwole named one of five inspirational young women

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Nigerian-American Zuriel Oduwole has been listed as one of the five inspirational young women by Global Citizen in commemoration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jnr, a Baptist minister and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement.

Listed with Oduwole are Marley Dias, 11 years old American, Payal Jangid, an Indian, Mari Copeny from Flint, Michigan, and Paskitani activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Oduwole, 17, is an aspiring filmmaker who after winning a competition to visit Ghana and create a film, she was shocked to see how many young girls weren’t in school and wanted to change it.

“I am not always happy seeing children out of school; it is a signpost to poverty and bleak future,” Oduwole said.

Oduwole started the organization Her Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up (DUSUSU) when she was 10 years old to encourage African girls to get an education.

According to Global Citizen, the young women are fighting to ensure all people, regardless of gender, race, or economic status, have equal opportunities.


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