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Bill Gates, Zuriel Oduwole , Ndaba Mandela inspire youths in Paris


Zuriel Oduwole, Bill Gates and Ndaba Mandela at the Paris Youth Conference

Being not just the world’s richest person, but also one of its biggest philanthropists, Mr. Bill Gates accompanied by his wife Melinda, as head of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has lent his voice to youth empowerment across Europe.

They headlined an event in Paris organised by one of Frances largest social development NGO’s – Printemps Solidaire – which brought more than 500,000 youths to the Champs Elysees, in celebrating the power of youths in changing the perception of social issues across the globe.

Zuriel Oduwole was also invited to share her experiences as a youth working on projects typically considered for adults, as head of her
DUSUSU Foundation.


She spoke about balancing being a youth, with her interests such as girl education advocacy and filmmaking. Ndaba Mandela – grandson of the late South African icon, Nelson Mandela and head, Africa Rising Foundation – talked about the importance of a good legacy; having come from one himself.

Mrs. Melinda Gates commended Zuriel for finding her passion early, and working to make a difference in the lives of girls across the globe. Zuriel shared her idea of building an e-school platform for rural girls in West Africa, a similar platform on which she has successfully used e-learning for school, since she was just four years old.

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