In a clip posted to her social media, Oprah Winfrey is seen cheering on an all-girl band from her school OWLAG in South Africa.  Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls celebrated the success of the 9th graduation class of Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. In a beautiful and soothing musical piece, the girls of OWLAG played for the founder herself—Ms. Winfrey.
Always uplifting and teaching girls that they can do anything they work hard for, Oprah posted this video to her Instagram dancing and celebrating the 9th graduating class.

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OWLAG was born from a pledge by Ms. Winfrey to former president Nelson Mandela in 2002 to provide a world-class educational platform for girls that will nurture a new generation of dynamic leaders. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s emphasis on education, the Academy has welcomed talented, underprivileged girls to a new lifestyle; a world filled with knowledge, social skills and possibilities, and is proud to maintain a 100% matric pass rate.

Ms. Winfrey’s vision is that the Leadership Academy will help develop the future leaders of South Africa. A College Fund was established to support and encourage these young leaders, and those that follow, on their continuing journey.


We salute the graduates of OWLAG and wish them success on all their future endeavors.

Here’s a throwback the founder’s very first speech to the first graduating class of OWLAG.