Zuriel Oduwele is no stranger to being behind the camera. She has told several compelling stories and now she’s poised to make a FIFA World Cup Film detailing the journey of the Jamaican Women’s Soccer Team’s 2019 World Cup Debut.

However, Oduwole’s journey did not begin with this film. The self-taught filmmaker began making films at the age of nine-years-old when she created a short documentary regarding the 1979 Ghanaian Revolution. Oduwole began making a name for herself as she became a voice for those in need, especially young girls on the African continent.


As a result of her hard work and dedication to advocacy, in 2017, Oduwole was honored at the age of 14 by former US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Oduwole is truly one outstanding young woman which will unquestionably be reflected in her upcoming project. The new film will chronicle the journey of the Jamaican Women’s Soccer Team’s debut at their first ever 2019 FIFA World Cup participation in France.

Photo Credit: Zuriel Oduwole Instagram
Jamaica’s Minister of Sports, the Honorable Olivia Grange, is truly excited about the upcoming film and said to leaders of Jamaica’s tourism and sports industry that, “This young lady brings a unique and fresh approach to what we are trying to show the world.”

According to press release information, four years ago, Oduwele’s second full length film Follow The Ball for Education, which began production during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, was shot across 5 countries on 3 continents, starting in Brazil. This is truly one topic and sport that is near and dear to the young filmmaker’s heart.

Oduwele’s new project is scheduled for completion in the early part of 2022. As part of her global education development initiatives through her DUSUSU [Dream Up Speak Up Stand Up] Foundation, this talented young lady plans to show versions of the film in high schools across the nation, during that school year.

Congratulations, Zuriel! We cannot wait to see more of your work coming soon and in the future!

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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