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Tems: Rise Of Nigeria’s Grammy Award Winner

FEATURE Oprah Winfrey:

FEATURE Oprah Winfrey: The Gift that Keeps on Giving Kimberley Schoeman There are many high profile talk show hosts, billionaire philanthropists and Oscarnominated actresses, but few come close to Oprah Winfrey. Upon reaching her 69th birthday, the media mogul’s generosity shows no signs of slowing down. She is the gift that keeps on giving. The Oprah Winfrey Show ran for 25 years until 2011, making it the highest rated daytime talk show in the history of American television. But the talk show is only one of many highlights that punctuate the career of the most influential women in media. Oprah’s origins in rural Mississippi, giving birth at the age of 14, and becoming the first black anchor for her local news broadcaster equipped her to master the art of intimate conversations, compelling confrontations and telling human interest stories. She was the first black woman to become a billionaire, which she did in 2003 as seen in the Forbes list. Oprah’s film debut as Sofia in The Colour Purple (1985) earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at Academy Awards and, in 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honour. Oprah before she was Oprah Born into poverty, the only expectation for Oprah was she would become a housekeeper, as her mother and grandmother were. “As a child I was raised by my grandmother who used to whip me often. I would get beaten and not allowed to have any emotion about it”, Oprah said on Oprah & Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth. At the age of 13, unable to 34

FEATURE bear the circumstances, Oprah ran away from home, but became pregnant and gave birth prematurely. “After I gave birth at 14 years old … when that child died my father said to me, ‘this is your second chance. This is your opportunity to seize this moment and make something of your life’,” Oprah said on Oprah’s Life Class. Her natural tendency to perform well in school and excellent articulation secured her a part-time news anchor position at a local radio station. Three years later, she was breaking ground for black women in the South as the first black anchor at WLAC-TV, a Tennessee-based news channel. In 1984, Oprah hosted her first episode of AM Chicago, which evolved over two years and was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show. But what makes her a force to be reckoned with, and allows her talk shows to expand is she refuses to stay silent. That same year Oprah started her own media company, Harpo Inc, which proves to be one of the most successful media empires. The Oprah Effect Everything Oprah touches turns to gold — the “Oprah Effect”. Through Oprah’s Book Club — now a partnership with Apple — and Oprah’s Favourite Things, she has boosted sales and triggered wider conversations about books, political causes, movies and fashion. There is even a documentary called The Oprah Effect. The Oprah Effect also has an adverse effect. The Texas cattle industry had a beef with Oprah after a 1996 episode called Dangerous Food, about the Mad Cow Disease. Oprah declared that the disease “stopped [her] cold from eating another hamburger”. The Texas cattle industry, which featured in the episode, said meat sales dropped and filed a lawsuit against Oprah, claiming more than million in damages. After winning the case in 1998, Oprah credited the ruling as a win for free speech. “I will continue to use my voice,” Oprah said to a cheering crowd outside the 35

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