Oprah of­fers rous­ing trib­ute to Man­dela in S. Africa visit

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Oprah Win­frey on Thurs­day de­liv­ered a rous­ing trib­ute to Nel­son Man­dela, a cen­tury after he was born, and urged the youth of South Africa and be­yond to over­come fail­ure and trauma on the road to ac­com­plish­ing their goals.

“Your day will come. I ap­plaud your re­silience,” Win­frey told a cheer­ing crowd in Soweto. “I say there’s no such thing as fail­ure. Fail­ure is just a mis­take try­ing to move you in a bet­ter direc­tion.”

The phi­lan­thropist and for­mer talk show host, who opened an academy for girls in South Africa a decade ago, ac­knowl­edged the high un­em­ploy­ment, poverty and other so­cial chal­lenges per­sist­ing in the coun­try that held its first all-race elec­tions in 1994 after the end of white mi­nor­ity rule.

But Win­frey, who said she was vis­it­ing South Africa for the 36th time, told young peo­ple not to give up. “Be­cause it is your fresh per­spec­tives that are go­ing to bring about un­prece­dented in­no­va­tion for this coun­try. We need you.”

The Nel­son Man­dela Foun­da­tion co-hosted the event, one of a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties hon­or­ing Man­dela this year. The an­ti­a­partheid leader and South Africa’s first black pres­i­dent died in 2013 at age 95.


Oprah Win­frey pays trib­ute to Nel­son Man­dela at an event Thurs­day in Soweto, South Africa.

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