Wed, 17 Oct 2012 14:45:00 GMT | By IANS

Oprah Winfrey's tryst with motherhood

Talk show queen and media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, who doesn't have children, says that the first graduates of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls gave her an opportunity to play a mother.

Oprah Winfrey's tryst with motherhood (© Reuters)

After handpicking 72 underprivileged girls from South African shantytowns five years ago and helping them get higher education, the 58-year-old said she has been able to experience all the ups and downs of motherhood.

"We are texting all the time. I was on the phone last night for an hour with one of them," Daily Mail quoted Winfrey as saying.

Now, five years later, after implementing the idea inspired by Nelson Mandela, the girls are in American colleges.

"What is the single, life-changing, trajectory-changing moment for me was being exposed to a world of education that offered me insight into how I saw the world, and I just wanted to do that for somebody else. That's all," said the 58-year-old, named the richest woman in Hollywood.

According to Forbes, Winfrey has devoted $400 million to the girls' education in the U.S. and abroad, building a school in Meyerton, South Africa.

Her journey is chronicled in a two-hour documentary titled, ‘The First Graduating Class: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls’, which will air on the OWN on Sunday.

Winfrey says that she wanted to donate her time and energy to the cause, not just the money.

While shuttling between U.S. and South Africa, she developed meaningful relationships with the girls, and was now facing something akin to Empty Nest syndrome, watching them getting ready for their college life.

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