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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
  • This is ‘Us’: Cast talks about Jordan Peele’s terrifying new movie

    NEW YORK — After sending shock waves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially conscious horror films with his directorial debut, “Get Out” Jordan Peele is back with another film. The story revolves around a woman, starring Lupita Nyong’o, who returns to her childhood home with her family. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past. Oji chats with Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex, the two children who star alongside Peele and Nyyong’o […]

  • Get ready for The Temptations in ‘Ain’t Too Proud’

    NEW YORK — The story of The Temptations is hitting Broadway in the new show “Ain’t Too Proud.” Oji talks to the lead actor Derrick Baskin about the show, his fun “feud” with James Iglehart and about meeting the real Otis Williams of the Temptations. The entire play is told through the lens of Derrick’s character, front man Otis Williams —the musical is based on Williams’ memoir “Temptations.” Williams is also the founder and last surviving member of the group. […]

  • Dionne Warwick talks new album ‘She’s Back’ and Vegas performances

    Legendary singer Dionne Warwick is releasing new music and heading to Las Vegas, and stopped by to tell PIX11’s Oji about it all. Warwick will take to the stage at Bally’s in Vegas starting April 11, with a new album, “She’s Back,” set to be released on May 10. The album might be a few months away, but Warwick’s new single, a reimagined version of her iconic hit “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” is out now.

  • Justin Baldoni on life, love, lessons learned and ‘Five Feet Apart’

    NEW YORK — Not only will you find Justin Baldoni in front of the camera for his role as Rafael on the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” he’s also behind the scenes as director for the new film “Five Feet Apart.” Baldoni chats with Oji about the film and what inspired him to direct the movie. Catch “Five Feet Apart,” starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson at a theater near you.

  • Stars of ‘Black Lightning’ talk to Oji about the hit series

    It’s the age-old battle between good and evil each week on the CW’s hit series “Black Lightning.” But there was no fighting involved when PIX11’s Oji hung out with actors who play the superhero and the super villain. Take a look in the video above.

  • Beauty 101: Hydrate head to toe this winter

    Winter’s cold and dry air can take a toll on you from your head to your toes. Beauty expert Bahar Takhtehchian is here with new products that hydrate nearly every body part so you can stay beautiful all season long. Problem Area: Face Whal Myung Hydrating Cream $52 Nordstrom.com A creamy, moisturizing face cream is a must during the winter months when your face takes a beating from the dry, cold wind. This one uses herbal ingredients like citrus peel, […]

  • Russell Hornsby talks new show, past roles

    NEW YORK — Variety Magazine named him one of 2018’s top actors to watch. It’s 2019, and we’re still watching Russell Hornsby. He stars on the new drama “Proven Innocent” and was recently seen on the big screen starring in “The Hate U Give” and “Creed II” as well well as Netflix’s “Seven Seconds.” Oji chats with him about his new role and what he’d do if he were to go to court in real life. Catch “Proven Innocent” Fridays on […]

  • Oji talks with Tyler Perry as fans get ready to say goodbye to ‘Madea’

    Her real name is Mable Simmons, but audiences know her simply as Madea. This fictional character first came to life in 2002 in Tyler Perry’s debut film “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Seventeen years later, the popular character is being put to rest.

  • Search for the missing with the cast of ‘Gone’

    NEW YORK —  PIX11’s sister station WGN America is launching a new series. “Gone” tackles the topic of missing persons cases. The reality is that an alarming 83,957 people are missing in the United States at any given moment. Oji chats with Kit “Kick” Lannigan and Frank Novak about the show and finds out whether or not they know what songs and movies have the word “gone” in their title. Catch “Gone” on WGN America at 9 p.m. ET

  • The world according to Wanda Sykes

    She got her start in television working on “The Chris Rock Show.” Since then, Wanda Sykes has used her brand of humor to make folks laugh… and think. Sykes is taking the stage again to shoot her next comedy special and gave Oji a look at what to expect.

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