Girls at the Leadership Academy in South Africa

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It's the day of the grand opening.
Oprah and her best friend, Gayle King

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Oprah invites some of her dearest friends, dignitaries and celebrities to help her celebrate.
Oprah greets Sidney Poitier.

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People who've inspired her, like Sidney Poitier.
Oprah and Quincy Jones share a laugh at Opening Day.

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People who've inspired her, like Quincy Jones.
Oprah and Nelson Mandela on stage in South Africa

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Oprah's greatest living hero, former South African President Nelson Mandela, joins her at Opening Day.
Chris Rock's daughters, Lola and Zahra

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Oprah asks everyone to bring their favorite books that have inspired them to donate to the library. Malaak and Chris Rock's daughters, Lola and Zahra, too!
Sade gives Spike Lee a tour of the campus in South Africa.

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Then the girls give tours of their new campus. "One of these young ladies said she was going to be president of South Africa, and I believe her," Spike Lee says.
Tina Turner at the Leadership Academy in South Africa

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Tina Turner says, "I could really see that this could easily be the future of Africa here."
Thando leads a tour group.

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Thando, who dreams of being an actress, impresses Sidney Poitier. "This little child, she mesmerized me. She was poised, articulate... It was really remarkable!"
Chris Tucker hugs new students.

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The girls are excited to mingle with dignitaries and public figures. Here they pose for a picture with Chris Tucker.
The girls sing with India.Arie.

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The girls sing with India.Arie.
Diane Sawyer and Leadership Academy students

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The girls teach Diane Sawyer how to introduce herself in their language.
Chris Rock dances for the students.

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They make Chris Rock dance for them!
Mariah Carey at Oprah's Leadership Academy in South Africa

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There are plenty of hugs to go around from Mariah Carey.
Mary J. Blige at the opening of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

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Mary J. Blige hugs a student at the opening of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.
Nelson Mandela and Oprah

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Oprah and Nelson Mandela address the daughters of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and their special audience.

"To stand on the same stage with Nelson Mandela, a man who survived 27 years in prison and came out with no bitterness to lead a new and free South Africa...it was a pinnacle life moment for me," says Oprah.
A girl makes a speech.

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If standing on stage with Nelson Mandela was a momentous occasion for Oprah, can you imagine what it was like for these girls?
Former South Africa president Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela addresses the audience, "We hope that the school will become the dream of every young South African girl!"
Dancers at Oprah's new school

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For Oprah, this is a lifetime commitment: "The spirit of myself, the very essence of who I am, will always be with those girls because my goal is to provide opportunities for girls to continue to shine into the future, not just now, but 100 years from now."

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