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Oprah Said She's 'Thinking About' Opening An All-Girls School In The U.S.

Her South African academy opened 12 years ago.

It's been 12 years since Oprah Winfrey opened her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, and now the media mogul is considering a U.S. branch of the school.

During a "Between the Scenes" segment on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Wednesday night, an audience member asked Winfrey whether she'd consider opening a school in the United States.

"Yes, I'm actually thinking about it," Winfrey replied, garnering loud cheers from the audience. "I'm actually thinking about where."

"The reason why I called it the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls: South Africa (is because) even then, I was thinking this will just be one. This will be the satellite school, and then I will do others," she said. "It’s taken me a while to get it right -- it took me about ten years to actually get it right. I’m thinking about it.”

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When it comes to dolling out advice to her students, Winfrey says she tells them they only have to be themselves. 

"Because there’s no one else in the world who is quite like you. What your real job is to come to the world and understand that your job is to figure out what it is you have to offer,” she said during the interview.

In 2007, Winfrey opened the Leadership Academy in South Africa to give marginalized girls access to quality learning. She believes education is at least one way to end poverty in the nation. 

"When you invest in a young woman you are investing in the future, not only of South Africa but also of the world," Winfrey stated on the Academy's website. 

Watch the full segment below:

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Nisean Lorde is a writer for Blavity News.