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
  • The most anticipated summer movies of 2019

    Ojinika Obiekwe sits down with Fandango’s Erik Davis and discusses 2019’s most anticipated summer movies.  And when it comes to getting a preview, they visited the Cinepolis Theater in Chelsea for a luxury experience.  In part one, Oji and Erik take a look at action and family-friendly picks.  Then, it’s all about comedies or horror film for part two. Click the links, sit back and enjoy.    

  • The cast of ‘Younger’ on what keeps them feeling young

    Ojinika Obiekwe sits down with the cast of “Younger” to find out more about the upcoming season and what keeps them feeling young.

  • ‘Men in Black: International’ cast step out on the black carpet at world premiere

    Ojinika Obiekwe interviews stars at the “Men in Black: International” world premiere in New York City.

  • ‘Hadestown’ takes home eight trophies, leads 2019 Tonys

    NEW YORK — “Hadestown,” the brooding musical about the underworld, had a heavenly night at the Tony Awards, winning eight trophies Sunday, including best new musical and handing a rare win for a female director of a musical. Playwright Jez Butterworth’s “The Ferryman” was crowned best play. In the four lead actor and actress categories, Bryan Cranston won his second acting Tony, but theater veterans Elaine May, Santino Fontana and Stephanie J. Block each won for the first time. The […]

  • Tony Award nominees talk about who inspired them to get into show business

    Tony Award nominees sit down with Ojinika Obiekwe and talk about who inspired them to enter get into show business.

  • Star-studded ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ cast talks about their new film

    Ojinika Obiekwe sits down and talks to the cast of the new animated film “The Secret Life of Pets 2.” In this sequel to the film “The Secret Life of Pets,” the animals release their inner superhero.

  • Alec Baldwin on starring as John DeLorean in his latest film

    Alec Baldwin sat down and talked to Ojinika Obiekwe about his role as John DeLorean in the new film “Framing John DeLorean.” The film explores the rise and fall of the automaker as well as his obsession with making the world’s best sports car.

  • Maurice Hines is ‘Tappin’ Thru Life’ with all-female jazz orchestra

    NEW YORK — Actor and singer Maurice Hines, best known for “Eubie!,” “Uptown…It’s Hot!,” and “Hot Feet” returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below in “Tappin’ Thru Life” with the internationally acclaimed all-female Jazz Orchestra, DIVA. Hines pays tribute to his brother, dancer Gregory Hines, and their lives in show business, from television to film, Broadway and Vegas and beyond. The show features songs like “Luck Be a Lady,” “Smile,” and “Come Fly with Me.” “Tappin’ Thru Life” celebrates the performers that inspire […]

  • Award-winning choreographer Warren Carlyle: Dancing to his tune

    NEW YORK — Warren Carlyle is the genius behind shows like “Hello, Dolly!” and Hugh Jackman’s new world tour. PIX11’s Oji Obiekwe caught up with Carlyle at Bond45 to talk about his latest accolades, and Tony nomination for his work on “Kiss Me, Kate.” As the man behind the Jackman’s world tour, he also talks about their collaboration and friendship, which started more than 20 years ago. Carlyle also talks about Mel Brooks heading to Broadway and his impact on […]

  • In the kitchen with Gail Simmons from “Top Chef”

    “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons is used to cooking with an array of ingredients.  However, when it comes to using cottage cheese, she may have topped herself.  The culinary expert has partnered with Hood Cottage Cheese to creates some tasty dishes.  Loaded with protein, cottage cheese is making a comeback — some are calling it ‘the new Greek yogurt.’ PIX11’s lifestyle correspondent Ojinika Obiekwe joins her in the kitchen to try out some of her recipes.  And to try them […]

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