Nomzamo Mbatha gives keynote address at the Oprah Winfrey Academy for Girls 2019 graduation
Nomzamo Mbatha (PHOTO:GETTY/GALLO IMAGES)
Imagine this: you’re a 14-year-old little girl with big
dreams, growing up idolising Oprah Winfrey and even watching her show every
afternoon. Then, you hear that she’s starting a school for girls in your
country but you’re a little too old to be accepted – but one day, you not only
meet her in your adult years, you are asked to deliver a speech and are
introduced by Oprah herself. Crazy right?!
Local actress, Nomzamo Mbatha doesn’t have to imagine it
because it’s her life story.
The Isibaya actress took to her Instagram page to share how excited
she was to give a keynote address at the Oprah Winfrey Academy for Girls for
their 2019 graduation ceremony.
“It’s not every day that you get to be introduced by the
incomparable Oprah Winfrey. I remember when I was 14 and the announcement was
made that she would be conducting interviews with young girls across the
country that would join the academy, I was devastated!! I even considered
dropping two grades down JUST so I could attend. To have the opportunity to be
in an institution that nurtures young girls from all backgrounds,” she wrote in
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Nomzamo then shared how honoured she feels to have had this
opportunity, and even slipped in a note to her 15-year-old self.
“Fast forward to today and I am giving the Keynote Address
at the Class of 2019 Valedictory Ceremony.
“What a full circle it is for me today. What an honour for
Mama O to introduce me. I know my angels in heaven are having a sing and dance.
Today was a humbling day. Today was a good day.”
“Dear 15-year-old Zamo... Guess what, it gets sunnier as we
In the video posted by the KZN beauty, Oprah Winfrey is
standing behind a podium on the stage as she reads Nomzamo’s long list of
credentials and all her achievements. At some point, Oprah even says, “She
could be woman of the year every single day, she’s just so busy she doesn’t
have the time”.
Oprah also mentioned that because of her impact and
influence, the class of 2019 unanimously chose Nomzamo to be the main speaker at
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