Film, TV & Stage

Meet Zuriel Oduwole: The youngest professional filmmaker in the world

THE NEXT OPRAH: Zuriel Odewale

THE NEXT OPRAH: Zuriel Oduwole

THREE YEARS ago, Zuriel Oduwole entered a school documentary-making competition with a film on the Ghana revolution — this was her first film.

The 12-year-old, dubbed the next Oprah Winfrey, taught herself tools and tips on filmmaking from the Internet and created three more documentaries on African issues.


Holding the title as the youngest professional filmmaker in the world and the youngest person ever to be interviewed on popular magazine Forbes, Zuriel has already interviewed leading African business, political, and sports personalities, including eight  current African Presidents, Africa’s richest person, Aliko Dangote and Tennis super stars Venus  and  Serena Williams.

“I’m hoping that when people see these documentaries they will see Africa is full of positive things — not just the things that are on the news for like war, famine, disease,” she told CNN.


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