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Monday, May 23, 2011

Oprah's Favorite Guest, Dr. Tererai Trent and Her Oklahoma Connection

Dr. Tererai Trent
Photo from:  Tinogona

Hello friends!! Forgive me for not posting in awhile I have been taking care of family life.  I hope you were able to see Oprah's show last Friday which revealed her favorite guest of all time, Dr. Tererai Trent. 
Go to this link from Oprah.com for Dr. Trent's 2009 appearance and here for Friday's show.
If you have heard Dr. Trent's story then you know that she was unable to receive an education in Africa.  Her life there was difficult to say the least.  Once she was able to come to America to study she went to Stillwater, OK and attended OSU.  She brought her 5 children and husband with her.  Eventually her husband was deported because of his continued domestic abuse.
Anyway, yesterday my sister informs me of this article Triumph of a Dreamer by Nicholas Kristoff of the New York Times.  According to the article while at OSU she and her children were so poor she was eating out of trash cans.  At one point she was going to be expelled because she could not pay her tutition, but fortunately a university official, Dr. Ron Beer stepped in.  The community raised money for her. 

NYTimes.com:  “I saw that she had enormous talent,” Dr. Beer said. His church helped with food, Habitat for Humanity provided housing, and a friend at Wal-Mart carefully put expired fruits and vegetables in boxes beside the Dumpster and tipped her off.

Makes you love Oklahoma even more.  Dr. Trent received her first college degree in agriculture from OSU then eventually received her masters and doctorate.  Today she runs Tinogona Consulting along with her new husband, Mark Trent.  According to her website in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, Tinogona means "It is achievable."
Dr. Trent is also raising money to build a school in her native village.  She is raising money by selling t-shirts.  You can go here to purchase one.
Now one thing that was so great about Friday's show is that Oprah tells Dr. Trent that she purchased t-shirts for her entire audience and you can see that Dr. Trent is just so thrilled, but the kindness did not stop there.  Check out this video, Oprah's Surprise For Tererai.
I love happy endings, don't you?

Have a great day and rememeber, It is achievable.
Territory Mom

This woman, Jo Luck came to Tererai's village and told her it was possible for her to get an education.

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