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These girls attended Oprah Winfrey’s leadership academy in South Africa. Are now among the first in their family to graduate college

LEGACY: Oprah, far left, with students from her leadership academy in South Africa

LEGACY: Oprah, far left, with students from her leadership academy in South Africa

MEDIA MOGUL Oprah Winfrey shared thanksgiving with this beautiful group of girls in South Africa, who are among the first in their family to graduate college.

The young women were all part of the inaugural class at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Her commitment to the education of young girls in Africa paid off in a big way over the weekend with the first group of her ‘daughter-girls’ graduating from American colleges.

Oprah wrote on Instagram: “The morning after: Hash , potato pancakes! Loving our t-shirts from BrandanOdums.com. All these girls among the first in their family to graduate college. Thanks @bmike2c. @directher #ourancestorswildestdreams”

Their t-shirts read: “I am my ancestors wildest dreams.”

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa is a girls-only boarding school that opened in 2007 near Johannesburg.

Oprah said she wanted to open the school given her own struggles in her youth.

There were 72 girls in the first graduating class, who began at the school when they were in the eighth grade.

Every single one of those girls received a full college scholarship, and as part of her promise Winfrey will be there whenever one of them accepts her degree.

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