PORT Elizabeth TV personality Buli Ngomane, also known as Buli G, was guest speaker at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls Youth Day event in Gauteng yesterday.
Other celebrities invited to speak at the event included model and TV and radio presenter Claire Mawisa, singer/songwriter Lira, award-winning rapper Aka, actress and TV presenter Florence Masebe and actress Kgomotso September.
Buli G, presenter of SABC 3’s The Power Within, said it was a great honour to be invited to the academy at Henley-on-Klip.
“When I first received the e-mail I had to double-check that it was addressed to the right person.”
She was invited after the school’s student body voted for the speakers for their Youth Day event.
“I was invited because of the show I present, currently between seasons. I am aware there have been a number of girls selected to attend Oprah’s school that are from the Eastern Cape as well. It is wonderful to be acknowledged by them. For me that is the real honour.”
The pupils selected the discussion topics themselves.
“Topics ranged from what it means to them to be ‘born-frees’, to finding their place in a world that promotes celebrity culture and the pros and cons of that,” Ngomane said.
“Other topics included the history of our country, including June 16 1976 and particularly what it means to the youth today. The discussions we had were indicative of the level of engagement these girls have with their world. They are all so bright. I think they will make great future leaders.”
After the speeches the celebrities had lunch with the girls.
The celebrities and the girls broke up into smaller groups for more in-depth talks with each guest speaker.
“The speakers got to lead discussions with their group about what it means to be young in South Africa today. I came away with some wonderful insights.”