Oprah Winfrey - From Queen Of Talk To Teacher, Oprah Winfrey Changes Direction
Oprah Winfrey, who's nationally and internationally successful talk show, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show', ended in May of this year, has signed on to teach life lessons entitled 'It's Life 101' to the students at an all-girls school in Johannesburg, South Africa. The school, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, opened in 2007 to provide educational and leadership opportunities to gifted girls.
Speaking to Popeater.com, Oprah said, "(It) should be fun since I love to teach. And they're like sponges. Like 12th graders everywhere, this first class is both anxious and excited about going to college. Most will be the first in their family. So it's a very big deal for them, and they're feeling the pressure." On leaving the United States, Oprah said that it helped her appreciate the opportunities she had there, "When Chris Rock was last on the show he said, 'Real wealth is having options.' I thought that was pretty profound," Oprah says. "I now stress to my girls that education prepares you to have options. Without it you have none."
Oprah, who received an honourary degree from the University of the Free State in South Africa last month, has also been among the many names speculated to be hosting the Oscars, though Tom Sherak president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told The Hollywood Reporter "It's not true, and I don't know where that story even came from."