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Ojinika Obiekwe is an Emmy-Award winning journalist with a career in television that has spanned nearly two decades.

Born and raised in Enugu, Nigeria – Ojinika is the second of five children. At the age of 16, after graduating from high school, she moved to the United States for college where she studied Communications at Seton Hall University.

Right before graduation, a chance encounter brought her to New York’s Channel 11′s WPIX-TV as an intern.

Oji walked into WPIX-TV as an intern in late 2001 and fast forward 16 years later, she’s gone from intern, to Assignment Editor to Producer/Reporter and now Entertainment Anchor proving that dreams do come true, and it’s up to you to make it happen for yourself.

As an Anchor/Lifestyle correspondent for PIX11 News, Ojinika interviews A-list celebrities, politicians and people from all walks of life. She’s interviewed the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Julia Roberts, Kevin Hart and George Clooney just to name a few.

“It can be surreal sometimes” she says, “I knew I wanted to be a journalist, but I never dreamt farther than print journalism; I figured I’d graduate, and write for some paper, but luckily fate took its course and I ended up here and I honestly couldn’t think of anything I would rather be doing as a career, except being a Victoria’s Secret model (I hear they get free underwear).”

The best part of my job is the fact that I love what I do, and I’m pretty good at it, but with this, I’ve also realized I can reach so many people and touch many lives, especially women; not just in Nigeria, but the entire continent of Africa and hopefully all over the world.

There is a tremendous fire that drives her to succeed; a drive that perhaps only her life’s mantra can describe; “Looks can be deceiving, and with the makeup and the clothes, everything seems perfect, like you’ve lived the fairy tale life and had no disappointments, but I think that’s my purpose in life, that maybe after someone hears my story, they will know that anything’s possible and that if I can do this, anyone can.”

In front of the camera, Ojinika’s true energy shines through with feature stories that bring New Yorkers the latest and greatest products, places and people out there. She knew being on camera would be her next move after she was awarded a fellowship in 2007 by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) – to report in Senegal, getting her first chance to be on-camera as a reporter; “After that piece on my Senegal trip aired, I just knew that I’m right where I’m supposed to be, doing what I was meant to do and I count my blessings every day. Okay, maybe not every day, but a lot!”

Recent Articles
  • ‘Love, Simon’ cast talks film and friendship

    NEW YORK — “Love, Simon” has been getting a lot of buzz — it’s a romantic comedy, teen drama, a lesson for parents and coming out story based on a popular novel. Oji chats with the film’s lead Nick Robinson and co-star Alexandra Shipp about the film, the cast’s friendship and the last time they cried. Catch “Love, Simon” in theaters March 16.

  • Cast of ‘Mean Girls’ the musical talks Broadway adaptation

    NEW YORK — The wildly popular 2004 movie, “Mean Girls” has been adapted for Broadway. PIX11’s Oji chats with the show’s producer Tina Fey and the cast about bringing the story from the big screen to the Great White Way. “Mean Girls” is now showing previews and is expected to open on Apr. 8 at the August Wilson Theatre.

  • Sterling K. Brown, star of ‘This Is Us,’ in Harlem to celebrate opening of art hub for at-risk youth

    Sterling K. Brown, the star of “This Is Us” who also appeared in the box-office hit “Black Panther,” visits Harlem to celebrate the opening of an arts hub of at-risk youth, and takes a break to chat and laugh with PIX11’s Ojinika Obiekwe.

  • Nathalie Kelley talks “Dynasty,” Australia, dancing

    The CW’s re-imagined “Dynasty” TV series is back on a new time slot — tonight at 8 p.m., kicking off the Friday night line up before “Jane the Virgin.” But before their move, Nathalie Kelley who plays Cristal Flores, stopped by for a chat and to make travel plans with PIX11’s Ojinika Obiekwe. Catch “Dynasty” Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

  • Missed it? Here’s what you need to know about the 90th Academy Awards ceremony

    The 90th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, were held Sunday. “The Shape of Water” took home the Oscar for best picture. For a full list of winners, head here.

  • Comedian Carlos Mencia has PIX11’s Ojinika Obiekwe LOL’ing

      It was supposed to be a five minute interview with comedian Carlos Mencia–talk about his upcoming gig at Gotham Comedy Club, touring, and current events.  However, once we got started, Mencia sounded off on dozens of topics and I just went with it– trying not to laugh too hard. It was one outburst of laughter and screams after the next.  From a Latino Black Panther to the comedian’s real first name, we covered it all.    Catch Carlos Mencia […]

  • Comedian Sinbad performs at Caroline’s on Broadway

    NEW YORK — He has been ranked by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time.” Sinbad has conquered comedy, movies, and hosting, but music is his passion. For two weeks, Sinbad will be performing with Grammy-winning bass player Victor Wooten. Sinbad tells Oji about what’s next for his career He will perform at Caroline’s on Broadway on Mar. 2 and 3. For tickets, click here.

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steven Van Zandt produces new, monthly residency

    NEW YORK — Oji gets the low-down from Steven and Maureen Van Zandt on their latest project, producing a new monthly residency at The Cutting Room in NYC. Eddie Brigati, founding member of “The Rascals” will be singing some old favorites along with Broadway hits. You can expect some special guests. The show starts March 1.

  • Captain America makes his Broadway debut

    NEW YORK— Oji talks with Captain American himself, Chris Evans, and the rest of the star-studded cast of “Lobby Hero.” Previews start March 1, at the Helen Hayes Theater. Opening night is scheduled for March 26.

  • Anna Chlumsky and Adam Pally paint the town red in ‘Cardinal’