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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
  • CW rolls out Black Carpet for Upfronts

  • Oji talks to stars of ‘Black Lightning,’ ‘Life Sentence’

  • 2017 CW Upfront Party: When the heat stole the show

  • Oji shows off her favorite ‘Food in my Hood’ spot

    All week, PIX11 Morning News anchors and reporters are sharing some of their favorite neighborhood food spots. Today, Ojinika Obiekwe’s “Food in my Hood” spot is (drum roll, please)…: CHUCK AND BLADE 184 8th Ave New York, NY

  • Mom always said, ‘There’s joy in sharing’

    Growing up in Nigeria as the oldest of 11 children, Veronica Obiekwe knows a thing or two about sharing. Something she instilled in her daughter, PIX11’s entertainment anchor Ojinika Obiekwe. Here, Oji shares her mother’s philosophy with her colleagues on the PIX11 Morning News by giving them a tasting of traditional Nigerian dishes. You can try out some of the dishes Oji shared by checking out The DF Nigerian Food Truck at 828 Second Ave. (corner of 44th street) or you […]

  • PIX11 talks to cast of ‘Unforgettable’

    The tag line says: “When lover ends, madness begins.” Well, you can expect a lot of madness in “Unforgettable” and then some. PIX11 spoke to Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Cheryl Ladd, and Director, Denise Di Novi. Check out what they had to say about the movie, crazy exes and more. “Unforgettable” is now playing at a theater near you.

  • Preview: 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

    Movie screenings, premieres, talks, galas and then some — that’s what we know to expect from the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its 16th year – the festival has gone beyond just film and television. And before it kicks off Wednesday, we caught up with co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal for a preview. The Tribeca Film Festival presented by AT&T runs from April 19-30. For tickets and schedule info, log on to http://www.tribecafilm.com.

  • Allison Janney, Corey Hawkins star in Broadway revival of ‘Six Degrees of Separation’

    Allison Janney, a seven-time Emmy Award winner, definitely knows how to pick her roles. “The West Wing” and “Mom” star is back on the Broadway stage in the latest revival of “Six Degrees of Separation.” The story follows a rich couple and a young man who cons them into believing he’s a friend of their son. Playing Janney’s husband is Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey. “It’s a play about race, about money, about New York, about art, but at […]

  • Legendary actors go for big laughs in new comedy ‘Going In Style’

    When you have legends like Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Ann-Margret in a movie together – you kinda just know to expect greatness. And they deliver great fun and laughs in the heist comedy ‘Going In Style.” PIX11 caught up with the stars along with director Zach Braff for a fun chat. “Going In Style” is now playing at a theater near you.

  • Kevin Kline, Cobie Smulders and Kate Burton star in ‘Present Laughter’ on Broadway

    MIDTOWN, Manhattan- “You out there, you’re all screwed up!” Kevin Kline doesn’t hold back, he thinks we all have a little of his character’s narcissistic traits. “The audience will just continue to think actors are really screwed up people but so are lawyers and doctors and interviewers and cameramen,” he smiled. The Oscar and Two-time Tony Award winner leads an all-star cast in the British farce, Present Laughter. “This is a show that’s entertaining, this is a show that you go in knowing […]