Skip Nav
The Royals
How Did Princess Margaret Die? The Depressing End to an Unconventional Royal Life
Celebrity Couples
Barack Obama's Heartfelt Birthday Message to Michelle Is Proof That Love Isn't Dead
Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev's Bikini-Clad Beach Outing Will Have You Working Up a Sweat

Oprah Opens A School

Oprah continues to spread goodwill around the world with her latest effort, a $40 million girls' school in South Africa. The school opened today with 152 students that were handpicked by Oprah herself. The school is called The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and came about due to a promise that Oprah made to Nelson Mandela six years ago to give students a better future. Here's more:

"I wanted to give this opportunity to girls who had a light so bright that not even poverty could dim that light," Winfrey said at a news conference.

Winfrey has said that she decided to build her own school because she wanted to feel closer to the people she was trying to help.

The $40 million academy aims to give 152 girls from deprived backgrounds a quality education in a country where schools are struggling to overcome the legacy of apartheid.

By educating girls, Winfrey said she hoped she could help "change the face of a nation."

"Girls who are educated are less likely to get HIV/ AIDS, and in this country which has such a pandemic, we have to begin to change the pandemic," she said.

Looks like Oprah is kicking off the year doing what she does best - giving back. Of course part of this good deed comes from frustration in the states. Oprah said, "I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools that I just stopped going. The sense that you need to learn just isn't there," she says. "If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they don't ask for money or toys. They ask for uniforms so they can go to school. For more pics of Oprah plus Chris Rock, Gayle King, Babyface and Mariah just












Will Oprah Run For President?
Ivanka Trump's Tweet About Oprah's Golden Globes Speech
Oprah's Press Room Speech at the 2018 Golden Globes
Oprah Tells Gayle She Looks Ashy Before the Golden Globes
Oprah, Intersectional Feminism, and Black Women in America
Oprah Wears Purple Hair on the Cover of O Magazine Feb. 2018
Ellen DeGeneres Talks to Oprah About Montecito Mudslides
Why the 2018 Golden Globes Were Important For Young Girls
Mindy Kaling's Tweets About Oprah's Golden Globe Award 2018
Oprah and Gayle King Friendship Pictures
From Our Partners
Latest Celebrity & Entertainment
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds