Oprah hon­ours her matrics

‘We are here be­cause of a dream Mum O had’

Cape Argus - - METRO - ATHINA MAY [email protected]

MA­TRIC grad­u­ates of the Oprah Win­frey Lead­er­ship Academy for Girls (OWLAG) were in for a treat over the week­end, when founder Oprah Win­frey joined the girls to cel­e­brate their grad­u­a­tion, along with world-renowned di­rec­tor and ac­tor Tyler Perry.

The girls who at­tend the school come from var­i­ous un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties and Perry ad­dressed the girls and their par­ents on the im­por­tance of be­ing se­lected to at­tend the in­sti­tute, which as­sists marginalised girls to ac­cess world-class op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Be­fore the cer­e­mony this morn­ing, I spoke to Ms Win­frey and asked her how she chose the girls. She said she looks for some­thing spe­cial, some­thing that sparkles and is unique.

“To­day that’s all I saw. I saw all the hope, bril­liance and in­tel­li­gence. Be­ing the cho­sen one is spe­cial and won­der­ful. It gives you the op­por­tu­nity to strive and go higher and do things that you would have not had the chance to do,” said Perry.

The cer­e­mony saw the academy’s top achiev­ers, such as Ni­colle Naidoo and Anele Satsa, be­ing recog­nised for their aca­demic and lead­er­ship ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The Oprah Win­frey Lead­er­ship Award was given to a stu­dent who epit­o­mised lead­er­ship, car­ing, and gen­eros­ity and was awarded to Lethukukhanya Mbambo.

“It is such an hon­our and priv­i­lege to ex­ist in a space where you can be­come more than you were yes­ter­day,” said the 2018 Class Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Khen­sani Hlaise.

“For my sis­ters and me, this jour­ney has been of be­com­ing more of our­selves, it has been about un­cov­er­ing and dis­cov­er­ing, a jour­ney of shedding our fears and be­com­ing who we truly have al­ways been.

“We are all here be­cause of a dream that Mum O had, one that Tata Madiba pushed along.”

The 2018 class saw 58 girls grad­u­ate from the Academy.

To date more than 400 OWLAG grad­u­ates have at­tended pres­ti­gious col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties around the world, and over 350 OWLAG alum­nae have reg­is­tered at South African uni­ver­si­ties.

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THE Oprah Win­frey Lead­er­ship Academy for Girls cel­e­brated its sev­enth grad­u­a­tion with an event for the 2018 ma­tric class.

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