A firm believer in the need for all children but especially Girls to get educated, Los Angeles/ Nigerian native Zuriel Oduwole has expanded her skill transfer program, this time to children from the low income Ibeju - Lekki area of Lagos State and kids from the Makoko slum area of Lagos mainland. She was also the keynote speaker at a TEDx conference in Gbagada - Lagos.
Earlier in June in parts of Abuja, she spent it teaching children elements of her Film Making '101' program, as part of her DUSUSU Foundation's efforts to reduce the number of out of school and non skilled youths in the country.
According to the UN, Nigeria has the largest number of out of school children in Africa - just over 10 million.
Speaking after the last Film-making program yesterday in Lagos, the world's youngest film maker according to CNBC, explained that education is not just core subject like English, Geography, Science or History, but any opportunity that allows one prepare to be a productive member of society. According to her, many youths have smartphones already, so that takes care to a degree of the camera issue, so she focused on teaching editing and production of what they have shot.
Zuriel believes that in less than a year, some of the youths should be able to film relatives small events like birthdays or baby dedications, which is common in Nigeria, and if the work is good, then they could get paid for it. She conducted her first film making class in Namibia earlier in February 2016, which got her invited to meet the country's leader - H.E. President Hage Geingob at the State House in Windhoek.
Her third and fourth countries planned for elements of the project roll out in 4Q 2016 are Ghana and South Africa.
Zuriels last film "A Promising Africa" released in November 2014 has showed in movie theater chains [Genesis Deluxe Cinema & Film House Cinema Chain] and screened as well across 3 continents, including in Ghana, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Nigeria and Tokyo - Japan.