Inform Africa reports:
According to reports published over the weekend, that U.S. television talk show star Oprah Winfrey is to host a live show from Cairo’s Tahrir Square; the epicentre of a revolution that ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. NOT TRUE, have no plans to do so — Oprah responded via her Facebook page on Friday.
Egypt’s new tourism minister Munir Fakhri Abdelnur was quoted by the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper as saying Winfrey had accepted an invitation “without hesitation.”
“The plan is for her to broadcast a live show from Tahrir Square on a Friday in March, but the date has not been finalized,” the mass-circulation paper said.
It was part of a campaign to revive tourism in Egypt after the huge uprising that forced Mubarak to resign on February 11 after 30 years in power, the paper said.
“The most famous TV hostess in the world accepted without hesitation,” Abdelnur as saying.
However, our information team at InformAfrica were able to confirm that Oprah has no intentions of hosting any live show at Tahrir square.
On her facebook page for The Oprah Winfrey show, she states: “In bed with flu since Oscar show. Hearing reports that I’m taking show to Cairo. NOT TRUE. Have no plans to do so.”
There was no immediate confirmation from Winfrey, who in January launched her OWN cable network, aired in 145 countries around the world.
In December Winfrey made her first tapings outside North America, recording a series of episodes in Australia culminating in a finale at the specially renamed Sydney “Oprah House”.
The revolt against Mubarak’s rule was notable for the central role played by social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, to mobilize crowds to take to the streets.
U.S. President Barack Obama has hailed the toppling of the strongman as a defining moment in world history, and added that Tahrir Square itself had become deeply symbolic.
“The word Tahrir means liberation. It’s a word that speaks to that something in our souls that cries out for freedom,” Obama said.
InformAfrica reports – Information for Africa.
Snapshot of Oprah’s response on her Facebook wall: