Zuriel Meets Assistant Secretary of State for Africa in Washington DC
Eleven year old Nigerian – Mauritian girl; Zuriel Oduwole, who was listed in New Africa Magazine last December as one of Africa’s 100 Most Influential people of 2013, last week held her maiden First Lady’s Colloquy on Girls Education at the newly opened Eko Signature Hotel in Lagos. Among her invited guest speakers were the First Lady of Lagos State, the First Lady of Tanzania and the First Lady of Osun State
In recognition of her incredible and highly remarkable accomplishments and unparalleled achievements at the age of 11, she was invited to visit the State Department by the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs – Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. All 54 US Ambassadors in Africa, report to the Assistant Secretary of State for Africa.
Yesterday, Zuriel honored the invitation on her way from the First Lady’s event she hosted in Lagos. She was welcomed by the Deputy Director for Public Affairs – Naomi Fellows, who commended her efforts in keeping the issues of Girl Education in Africa on the front burner. She was later received by the Assistant Secretary State For African Affairs herself – Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield, who was thrilled to meet this young lady in person for the first time.
She was full of praise for Zuriel, her remarkable vision and various projects to benefit Africas Girls, and suggested she might want to visit Rwanda and Burundi in the future to use her platform to help with the healing process of those two conflict bruised countries, who were involved in a deadly genocide encounter 20 years ago.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield then mentioned to Zuriel that she might want to consider a career in the State Department since she once headed its HR department , though she believed Zuriel was already too far ahead in her accomplishments that most new entrants into the foreign service, especially since she had on her own met and interviewed more than a dozen current World leaders, and also interviewed 1 in 6 African heads of government.
Zuriel was then presented with an autographed picture of the Secretary, which she confessed was the first one she was ever giving out, an indication of how much she admired the young lady’s accomplishments.
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