Oprah Winfrey celebrated her New Year in South Africa by opening up the $40 million girls school she paid for. Oprah made a promise to Nelson Mandela six years ago that she would come to South Africa and help the children. The new school will give an education to 150 girls. The school located in Henley-on-Klip is called Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy. How fitting. Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Spike Lee were all in attendance. They each brought a personally inscribed book for the school. Mariah can’t read! They asked her to bring a book and she probably brought her own Tour book with dazzling pictures of her.
Oprah also ruffled a few feathers when she said that she chose to do this in Africa and not the US, because children here don’t give a damn. She said, “I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools [in the U.S.]. 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.”
Um…do those girls really need a nail salon and a yoga studio? Because Oprah made sure to include one when she opened the school.