Multimedia Mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey enthrals sold out audience in Hamilton, Ontario over the weekend during her 8-city Canadian tour with a 90 minute glimpse into the multimedia moguls fascinating life and lessons.
With nearly 14,000 Hamiltonians in attendance – Oprah spoke openly of her trials and triumphs both personally and professionally from her less than humble beginnings to deciding to end The Oprah Winfrey show to launch OWN in 2011.
“I don’t believe in failure because it is life at its most poignant(…) 2012 kicked my butt! I was slaughtered in every face of media but everything they said was no worse than what I thought or felt about myself.The reason I left the Oprah Winfrey Show was for it to remain as powerful and as profound a statement in the culture as you all allowed it to be. I didn’t want to stay in the ring until I was punch drunk because I wanted the show to have its moment. I went from ‘oh my god’ the struggle – to – oh my god I have a network! and I know that OWN will be a positive force.”
Oprah provided her inspirational messages of self empowerment and gratitude as well as sharing defining moments spanning across her impressive career on her lifelong quest to live a life of service.
“Purpose is spirit seeking expression. Its not a goal or an idea but something that is revealed to you. How can you be of service to others? Your life is speaking to you in a whisper. Are you paying attention?”
Following her presentation was the Q & A portion of the night with noted Canadian television and radio host George Stroumboulopoulos who is also the only journalist to have interviewed Oprah more times than Barbara Walters.
Along with her infectious brand of positivity, Winfrey was surprisingly comical whether it was about the much buzzed about clip of of co-star Terrance Howard boasting about her curves or her conception which was all in thanks to a poodle skirt her mother had been wearing much to her fathers fascination.
An Evening With Oprah not only showed the larger than life personality on a personal level but managed to raise $100,000 for Tim Horton’s Children Foundation.
With a return to acting on the horizon and her booming network continuing to adding to their repertoire of reality, scripted and documentary quality television; Oprah is currently mentoring over 140 College students from her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy For Girls in South Africa.
“I don’t know what the future holds for me but I know who holds the future!”Oprah dishes to the captivated Canadian audience.