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Oprah celebrates with 1st graduates of South African school

Oprah celebrates with 1st graduates of South African school

Entertainment host Oprah Winfrey (centre) poses with high school students during her school's first graduation ceremony at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership for Girls at Henley-on-Klipk, outside Johannesburg on Jan 14, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS HENLEY-ON-KLIP (AFP) - United States (US) talk show queen Oprah Winfrey cried on Saturday as the first graduates of her South African girls' academy thanked her for her effort to turn a handful of impoverished girls into elite leaders. With the 72 graduates sitting behind her in white dresses, Winfrey, who rose to stardom and an estimated fortune of US$2.7 billion (S$3.5 billion) from a deprived childhood in Mississippi, spoke of why she decided to open the school with a US$40 million investment in 2007. 'I know that education is the door to freedom,' Oprah, clad in an emerald green dress, said at the graduation ceremony. 'So I want to do ...

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