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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
  • How to enjoy the holidays in style

    There are dos and don’ts when it comes to getting festive this holiday season. Celebrity stylist and author of “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life” George Brescia joined PIX11’s Ojinika Obiekwe in the studio to show you how to celebrate the holidays in style. Model 1 Gunmetal jumpsuit – $138 at Lulus.com Black tuxedo jacket – $51 at Lulus.com Black heel – $38 at vicicollection.com Black clutch – $34 at Lulus.com Silver rhinestone earrings – $38 at rjgraziano.com Strands by Closet […]

  • Jin Ha: M. Butterfly’s rising star

    In a role of life time, actor Jin Ha stands out with his compelling performance as a Chinese opera singer in the revival of “M. Butterfly.” Oji Obiekwe talks with the rising star about his transformation as Song Lilang, working with Clive Owen and following in a Tony-winning actor’s footsteps. M. Butterlfly is playing at the Cort Theater.

  • Cast of ‘Hey Arnold’ shares Thanksgiving plans

    The “Hey Arnold” gang’s Thanksgiving plans come as no surprise. The whole gang is back for “Hey Aronld!: The Jungle Movie.” Their die-hard fans can’t wait to see it, and the same goes for the cast. PIX11’s Ojinika Obiekwe found out the what, when and where they’ll be watching “The Jungle Movie” when it premieres tomorrow night at 7, on Nickelodeon, Teen Nick and Nick Toons.

  • ‘Hey Arnold’ returns for special television event

    Arnold is back! The beloved animated series “Hey Arnold” ended in 2004 but now there’s a special television event happening Friday, November 24th—“Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie.” PIX11’s Ojinika caught up with the cast and the creator while they were in town for New York Comic Con and learned what was behind making the new TV movie. “Hey Arnold, The Jungle Movie” airs on Nickelodeon at 7pm on Friday, November 24th.  Get a sneak peek of the movie here – […]

  • Oji shares her recipe for fried plantains

    Ingredients: Ripe Plantains Vegetable Oil Sea Salt Directions: On the stovetop, fill frying pan with a layer of oil and let get hot at a medium heat. Peel and slice plantains in desired shape and sprinkle with sea salt. Place in frying pan until golden brown and flip over. Once done, place a paper towel to blot excess oil and serve.

  • Cast of Pixar’s ‘Coco’ talks new movie, holiday traditions

      The new animated movie “Coco” is a colorful celebration of family, love, culture, life and even the afterlife. And even better shines light on the Latino culture like no animated feature ever has. The all-star cast, Benjamin Bratt, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Anthony Gonzalez, and co-directors, Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina spoke to PIX11’s Ojinika Obiekwe about the movie, holiday traditions, and going back to explore their ancestry, which is what you might end up doing after you see “Coco.” […]

  • Uma Thurman makes Broadway debut

    Actress Uma Thurman is stepping away from the big screen and onto the Broadway stage for the first time. PIX11 spoke to with her about her new role in “The Parisian Woman.” The play is written by House of Cards’ Beau Willimon and the ensemble includes actors Josh Lucas, Phillipa Soo, Blair Brown and Marton Csokas. The show is in previews at the Hudson Theater and opening night is set for Nov. 30. A mobile ticket lottery was just announced.

  • Get “Stuffed” with Lisa Lampanelli

    The outspoken Lisa Lampanelli welcomed me into her home for a chat and I was quite impressed.  From the decor to fresh flowers she says she bought just for me, her apartment was inviting and comfortable–just like Lisa. Lampanelli has been hard at work perfecting her off-Broadway show “Stuffed.”  Now playing at the Westside Theatre, “Stuffed” shines an intimate light on the problem of body image and weight struggles.  Lisa herself has struggled with weight gain.  But these days, she’s […]

  • Spongebob Squarepants is coming to Broadway

    NEW YORK — The optimistic sea sponge many have come to love has transported his undersea home to Broadway. “Spongebob Squarepants” splashes onto the Great White Way, with its first preview at the Palace Theater. This time, what starts out as the “Best Day Ever” quickly changes when Bikini Bottom is threatened by a volcano. The whole community comes together to figure out how to save their town. “We’re fish and we’re sponges, but it’s really this human-rounded show about […]

  • Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell talk psychological thriller ‘The Killing of A Sacred Deer’

    Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell play husband and wife in the disturbing, psychological thriller: “The Killing of A Sacred Deer.” The movie is now in theaters nationwide. Besides talking to the two about the movie, PIX11’s Ojinika Obiekwe talked to Kidman and Farrell about beauty secrets and the term “sucking in” also came up. Watch the video and see what that’s all about.