MARCH 13, 2013
Zuriel Elise Oduwole, who is likened to a comet and touted by some to be "the next Larry King", will today be hosted by the Pan African University's School of Media and Communication, to kick start a programme encouraging and inspiring young Africans to "Dream Up, Speak Up and Stand Up" for Africa's renaissance.
As a precocious child of Nigerian-American heritage, at age 10, she has shown amazing media and communication talent, especially in the area of in-depth personality interviewing.
According to a statement issued by the institution, "Her amazing talent has resulted in her interviewing business leaders, current and past world leaders and heads of states. Some of them include; the current Presidents of Tanzania, Mauritius, and of Malawi - as one of Africa's only 2 female leaders. Others are Presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Kufuor of Ghana".
The statement further stated that in demonstrating absolute depth in her coverage ability, she became the youngest global international media representative ever on record last November (2012), adding that she has competed very well with seasoned correspondents from CNN, Reuters, Super Sports, CNBC, the UK Guardian, South African and local media houses.
She received an ovation for her sets of provoking and creatively intelligent questions to tennis superstars Venus & Serena Williams, during their world press conference in Nigeria. Zuriel has also had a one-on-one interview with Africa's most successful businessman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
Her upcoming visit to Nigeria would showcase her current work in documentary format, where she is telling the story of Africa's political and business leaders, making a positive, selfless and clear commitment to improving the continent's fortunes. It would be an opportunity for Nigerians to see her truly world class documentary making skills first hand.
It was also stated that Zuriel's goal during this visit is to encourage young Nigerians, especially girls, to 'Dream up, Speak Up and Stand Up' for the positive values they believe in as Nigeria prepares to celebrate her centenary.
"Zuriel's visit calls attention to Nigeria's abundant and numerous, truly world class human resource assets which are strewn far and wide, and sometimes come packaged as young as 10-year olds. She will speak to an audience of post-graduate students of the Pan-African University School of Media and Communication, and some secondary school students elsewhere in Lagos," the statement added.
The School of Media and Communication is said to be partnering Galatian Media, the PR firm packaging Zuriel, to promote the emergence of globalised African youths who will be in the vanguard of the emerging Africa expected to strategically compete in the traditional and digital media aspect of the creative industries-led world economy.
Noah's Ark Communications
Noah's Ark Communications Bags Creative Industry Gong
A Lagos-based ad agency, Noah's Ark Communications Limited, has added another laurel to its credentials by emerging the winner of the 2012 Creative Industries Awards organised by the Creative Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (CEAN) in collaboration with the British Council.
Noah's Ark Communication Limited edged other three shortlisted creative firms which include; Prima Garnet, Design Union, and Theo Lawson to emerge winner of the Creative Services category of the 2012 Creative Industries Award.
Speaking at the award event which held recently at the British Council office, Lagos, the Secretary General of the Creative Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (CEAN), Mrs. Oluwayemisi Mafe, disclosed that the award was instituted by the association in partnership with the British Council to reward Initiative, Talent, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.
Mafe noted that shortlisting for the different categories for the 2012 Creative Industries Award was a very tall order as the creative industry witness tremendous growth with many entrepreneurs making impact in the different fields of the creative industry.
Receiving the award, the Managing Director, Noah's Ark Communications Limited, Mr. Lanre Adisa, described it as another significant milestone in the history of the Agency. He added that the award would further spur the Agency to better performance in terms of its creative output and value to the brands in its custody.
Adisa thanked the Creative Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (CEAN) for the honours bestowed on the agency. He also commended the various strides of the association to develop the creative industries by encouraging entrepreneurship through its activities in partnership with the British Council.