My Evening With Oprah Winfrey

It’s always good to know someone who knows someone that works in an upscale restaurant where everyone who’s anyone goes to eat. The possibility of scoring free premium tickets to cool events is high.

I got to see Oprah live on stage. I and thousands of others thronged into the Allphones Arena at the Sydney Olympic Park to listen to her words of wisdom.

The program was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. but we didn’t get an early start.

That didn’t matter.

The DJ kept us revved up while we waited. The mood was electrifying. Everyone danced. Mothers. Grandmothers. Young. Old.

The men came too. Husbands. Boyfriends. Partners. They were outnumbered of course but that didn’t stop them from having a damn good time.



About an hour past the initial start time, Oprah finally came on stage, looking radiant in a pink gown with a long train. Her signature, curly hair cascaded down her shoulders in a poof of bouncy loveliness. The audience broke out in a tumultuous roar as soon as she stepped out. It was complete FANdemonium for several minutes.

All decorum flew out the window as I joined in the unbridled adulation of the true boss lady. I screamed. I waved. I cheered. There was no way I was going to let others outperform me in the screamfest.

When she yelled the national salutation:

“Aussie Aussie Aussie.”

She received a resounding:

“Oi Oi Oi.”


After several minutes of complete theatrics, we settled down to the business that brought her there. She talked. We listened. Hanging on her every word. For two hours, she offered us food for thought.

“Not everyone can be famous but everyone can be great because greatness is determined by service.”

On racism and sexism, she said:

“Excellence is the best deterrent to racism and sexism, so be excellent.”

She talked about finding one’s purpose and sticking to it.

Then, she took us on a journey of her life. We saw a glimpse of her early days as a reporter.

She shared a funny story of how she skipped kindergarten because she wrote her teacher a letter saying she didn’t belong in kindergarten since she already knew how to spell big words like “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.”

We became teary-eyed at a picture of her as a wee babe.

And she fed us with some more motivational quotes.

The most powerful of them all.
Invictus by William Ernest Henley:
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul. 

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

It was an inspiring evening. She did what she's famous for. She stirred a crowd of eager fans to go forth and fulfil their purpose. It’s not like she shared any new information. If you’ve followed her show or read about her, you probably have an idea of all that was said. 

But she gave a rousing speech anyway. She was funny and personable and I enjoyed my evening with her. What would have made it better was if she had pointed to us and told us we would all be going home with gifts. Just like how she did on her show. 

That didn't happen. I went back home on a train. Empty-handed. 

I shouldn't complain though. I got to go for free.

6 comments on "My Evening With Oprah Winfrey"
  1. Lovely writing...you made me feel transported into the moment!!

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    1. Thank you Dabs!! It was a memorable experience. I'm glad you enjoyed reading about it.

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  2. Ah! The way you narrated the gist of this event with delicious detail ehn, if I tell people that I was there live and direct, it would not be a lie. Lol

    Oprah is so inspiring, she has the gift of motivation. “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.” cracked me up.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    I hope you had a good Christmas? I wish you peace and joy in the New Year.

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    1. Thank you Nedoux. Oprah live was just remarkable. She is a gifted orator. She kept us entertained for two hours and she was quite humorous too..

      Christmas was good. You know it happens in naija more! haha

      Thank you so much for stopping by

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  3. This gal is just maxing up 👿 I am just jealous jare, lovely post keep keeping on

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