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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
  • Oji catches up with actor, singer Norm Lewis

    Norm Lewis has taken on roles on Broadway in the “Little Mermaid,” “Once on This Island” and he was the first African American to star as the Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera.” Most recently he was singing alongside John Legend in the television production of Jesus Christ Superstar live in concert. Now, Oji caught up with Norm to find out about his most recent project. For more information, visit Norm’s website here.

  • New play ‘Choir Boy’ heads to Broadway

    The Oscar-winning writer of “Moonlight,” is headed to Broadway. Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play “Choir Boy” is filled with a whole lot of powerful messages about incredible voices. The play follows the hopes and dreams of young African American singers at a prep-school for boys.

  • ‘Ben is Back’: Tackling addiction on the big screen

    NEW YORK — “Ben is Back” focuses on a suburban family dealing with opioid addiction and a mother’s undying love for her son. Oji chats with Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges and writer/director Peter Hedges about the film, how it tackles the family dynamic and tackling addiction. We also find out why Lucas made an exception in this film to work with his dad. Watch “Ben is Back” in theaters on Dec. 7.

  • Jack Osbourne talks family, MS docuseries

    NEW YORK — You may think you know Jack Osbourne from his days on his family’s high-rated reality show. However, he’s done some growing up and is now a father himself. Oji talks to him about living with Multiple Sclerosis, his web-based docuseries “You Don’t Know Jack about MS” and his family.

  • Oji catches up with actress Cheryl Hines

    Oji caught up with actress Cheryl Hines, who is known for playing Cheryl David on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

  • Victoria’s Secret Angels hit the runway

    NEW YORK — The Victoria’s Secret Angels hit the runway for the brand’s annual fashion show. Before the curtain goes up, plenty of primping and prepping goes into it. Oji chats with some of the models as they get ready. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will premiere on ABC on Sunday at 10pm and will re-air later in the month on PIX11.

  • David Ajala’s TV takeover

    NEW YORK — Actor David Ajala is taking over the television screen as he makes his appearance in two different shows. Catch Ajala as Manchester Black in season four of the CW’s “Supergirl” and will star in SyFy’s TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s 1980 novella “Nightflyers.” Ajala chats with Oji about his roles and what to expect with “Nightflyers.”

  • Oji catches up with Maury Povich and the ‘Truth Truck’

    Oji caught up with Maury Povich and tests out the TV host’s famous lie detector test. Did she pass? Watch to find out!

  • Getting into the holiday spirit with Bebe Winans

    NEW YORK — If you’re not in the Christmas spirit, Bebe Winans can help with that. Oji chats with the gospel singer about his upcoming holiday music special, “The Soul and Spirit of Christmas.” Winans also talks about his new single with Korean music group Korean soul (KS). Catch “The Soul and Spirit of Christmas” on GetTV Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET.

  • A conversation with Dan Fogler

    Dan Fogler talks “Fantactic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” with Oji.