Orpah Gail Winfrey
(also known as Oprah Winfrey)
She is an American media proprietor , talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist who was born on the 29th of January 1954 in Kosciusko Mississippi to a teenage single mother. She actually was named “Orpah ” on her birth certificate but people mispronounced it regularly and “Oprah” became the name everyone now knows.Her mother, Vernita Lee, was a housemaid while her biological father Vernon Winfrey was a coal miner who turned into a barber and later turned into a city councilman. He was in the Armed Forces when orpah was born. Winfrey spent her first six years living in rural poverty with her maternal grandmother Hattie Mae. She was so poor that Winfrey often wore dresses made of potato sacks, for which the local children made fun of her. It was her grandmother who taught her how to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed “The Preacher” for her ability to recite Bible verses. At age six, Winfrey moved to Wisconsin in Milwaukee ,with her mother Vernita Lee, who was less supportive and encouraging than her grandmother. Lee gave birth to another daughter and the stress of managing the two girls made her sent Orpah to Vernon her father. It was Vernon who though was strict that encouraged and made her education a priority. Winfrey became an honors student and was voted Most Popular Girl in her school. she joined her high school speech team at East Nashville High School. She won an oratory contest, which made her full scholarship to Tennessee State University a reality. She studied communication at Tennessee State University. Her first job as a teenager was working at a local grocery store. At the age of 17, She won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. This attracted the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL , which hired her to do the news part-time. She worked there during her senior year of high school, and in the first two years of college.She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show , which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. “Queen of All Media” as she is nicknamed has been ranked the richest African-American, the greatest black philanthropist in American history and she is currently North America’s first and only multi-billionaire black person so far. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and a honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard. Though Oprah initially had a challenging background so much that she got pregnant at 14 but later lost the baby, she has proven to be a strong lady and a model to so many ladies.
As usual I would like us to learn something from the life of every personality we feature on herald so from Winfrey’s life its pertinent to learn that
1. Your past could be bad, dirty and discouraging but your future can become a note worthy life if you ever push through to make your present better than your past. Don’t allow your background cover the glory of your beautiful future.
2. You have all it takes to be great, just look inwards and let your challenge if there is any,be a catalyst of your greatness.
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