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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
  • ‘Mile 22’ cast on how they stay so fit

    “Mile 22” tells the story of an elite American intelligence officer in 90 minutes of non-stop action featuring a group of incredibly fit actors and athletes. Oji sits down with the cast to get their tips on how every day people can get fit just like them.

  • Disney Channel’s ‘Freaky Friday’ castmates reveal who they’d switch lives with

    The classic film “Freaky Friday” is coming back to Disney Channel with a new twist. The musical version puts a spin on the hit TV movie that tells the story of mother-daughter duo who seem to be polar opposites before swapping places and eventually learning to appreciate each other. The reboot features Cozi Zuehlsdorff as the daughter Elle and Heidi Blickenstaff as her mother Katherine. In an interview with PIX11, the cast opens up about what family members they’d be interested in […]

  • ‘BlacKkKlansman’ star John David Washington reflects on seeing real Ku Klux Klan membership card

    Spike Lee is definitely making another bold statement in his new film, “BlacKkKlansman.” The true story was produced by Oscar-winning “Get Out” Director, Jordan Peele. The film follows the first African-American police detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington). Stallworth, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1970s, spoke to leaders such as David Duke over the phone while sending an undercover white officer for in-person meetings. Lee, who also co-wrote […]

  • ‘Real Housewives of Potomac’ star Ashley Darby dishes on new song about her husband

    Reality television star Ashley Darby is definitely keeping herself busy. Not only is the “Real Housewives of Potomac” star on television, but you can also hear her through your headphones. Darby’s new single “Coffee and Love” was released this summer. It is currently available on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.  She told PIX11 that her song is dedicated to her husband, Michael Darby, who also appears on the reality television show. The 30-year-old artist also discusses details about the show’s […]

  • Simone Missick on her husband joining ‘Luke Cage’ and meeting her idols in Netflix’s Black Lead ad

    In season two of Netflix’s “Luke Cage,” actress Simone Missick’s character Misty Knight is more fiery than ever. Simone Missick plays in the action-packed Netflix series alongside Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard and Rosario Dawson. Missick shared with PIX11 news highlights from the new season and talked about her pride in being cast as one of Marvel’s first black female superheroes. She also explores her experience filming with a prosthetic arm and what it taught her about living with a disability. The […]

  • ‘Orange is the New Black’ returns for season 6

    Actress Alysia Reiner, who plays Natalie Figueroa on the hit series “Orange is the New Black,” sits  down with PIX11 to talk about the release of season 6. Season 6 was released July 27 and is now available to stream on Netflix.

  • Marlon Wayans and Oji get salty ahead of Carolines show

    Marlon Wayans will soon be live at NYC comedy club Carolines on Broadway, but first he’s taking some heat from Oji and dishing it back. Wayans will be at Carolines Thursday through Sunday. Click here for tickets. Marlon Wayans at Carolines On Broadway, 1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, Call (212) 757-4100,  Showtimes:  Thursday, 7/26 @7:30pm; Friday; 7/27 @7:30 & 10pm; Saturday, 7/28 @7:30 & 10pm; Sunday, 7/29 @7:30pm. His first-ever stand-up comedy special, “Woke-ish,” is currently on Netflix as […]

  • Tom Cruise gives ‘bestie’ Oji the lowdown on ‘Mission Impossible – Fallout’

    Oji catches up with her “bestie” Tom Cruise, who has been busy filming the latest Mission Impossible movie and recovering from an injury he suffered while doing a stunt. “Mission Impossible Fallout” is in theaters Friday.

  • ‘Miz & Mrs’ takes you inside the lives of a WWE power couple

    One WWE power couple is taking the drama out of the ring and into reality. In an interview with PIX 11, Mike “The Miz” and Maryse Mizanin share how their life has changed since the birth of their daughter and what they want fans to learn during the unscripted docuseries. The couple will have their own unscripted show called “Miz & Mrs,” on the USA Network. The first season will be six episodes and give their fans an up-close look […]

  • The stars of “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” break down their go-to dance moves

    More than a decade after “Mamma Mia!” hit the big screen, the star-studded sequel is turning up the volume. In an interview with PIX11, actors such as Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried and Lily James share their favorite dance moves. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” which is slated to be released this week, also features powerhouse stars like Meryl Streep, Cher and Christine Baranski. The first feature film, which was released in 2008, tells the story of an independent hotelier in the […]