What I know for sure because of Oprah: Kgomotso Matsunyane

2011-05-28 14:39

When I first moved to the US in 1990, I watched Oprah Winfrey for the first time on TV. Never before had I seen a black woman be so in charge.

She had the full attention of a (mostly) white audience.For a child of apartheid, I never knew that black women could be so powerful, and it changed my perception of myself.

In the three years that I was editor of O, The Oprah Magazine in South Africa, I met Oprah a total of four times – in Johannesburg and Chicago.

What struck me the most about her was her brilliant mind.

Truly, she’s one of the smartest people you’ll ever meet. She understands her worth and revolutionised television by making it an instrument for personal growth.

What I know for sure because of Oprah is that I am not a victim of circumstance, but an embodiment of my actions.

I know for sure that I am perfect in my imperfections because I have the power to commandeer every single aspect of my life.

That is true power.

But the most important lesson I learnt from Oprah is that I am worth loving, especially by myself.

» Matsunyane is a television presenter and former editor of O, The Oprah Magazine

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