The final “Oprah Winfrey Show” before next week’s two-part farewell spectacular aired on Friday – and Oprah reserved the moment to reveal her most favorite guest (out of an alleged 30,000) in the 25-year run of the show.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t some high-profile name, but instead an inspiring woman named Dr. Tererai Trent. Originally an impoverished cattle herder with an abusive husband and three children at the young age of 18, Trent decided to change her life and set a goal of earning a Bachelor’s degree, Masters, and finally a PhD in America. In 2009, she finally achieved her dream. Her story was chronicled in both The NY Times and a book called “Half the Sky”. Winfrey described Trent as a woman who “epitomizes everything I’ve been trying to say on this show for 25 years.”
“It’s my favorite story ever because it speaks to the power of what the individual can do and it doesn’t matter where you come from,” Winfrey said during the episode. “It speaks to the power to manifest dreams.
“Your story is at the core of everything I believe in and the possibilities of a human life on earth,” she added.
This being Oprah, she also had one final surprise for her favorite guest – a $1.5M donation towards a school that she’s planning on building when she returns to Zimbabwe. “I feel like I need to give back,” Trent said. “The same girls I see today do not have to go through what I went through.”
Winfrey also announced that the organization Save the Children will work with students and parents in the village. An estimated four thousand kids will benefit.