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
  • Jordin Sparks serves sweet sounds on stage for ‘Waitress’

    NEW YORK — Jordin Sparks is back on the Broadway stage! The singer and former “American Idol” star returns to Broadway in “Waitress.” Sparks made her Broadway debut in “In the Heights” in 2010. Nearly a decade later, she’s back and serving up some sweet sounds as she takes on the lead role of Jenna, a pregnant waitress trapped in an abusive relationship, who copes by finding happiness in baking unusual pies. Another role Sparks has settled into? Motherhood. “It’s cool […]

  • Celebrity beauty secrets revealed

    PIX11’s go-to beauty expert Milly Almodovar shows off some hot products celebrities are using that anyone can get your hands on.   Milly’s finds have been used by Hollywood heavyweights such as Viola Davis, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Constance Wu, Kim Kardashian and the Duchess herself…Meghan Markle.. Most items are pretty reasonably priced, and found at Sephora or drug stores — except for one. Meghan Markle — Revitalash Advanced $98 Meghan Markle claimed “I always use Revitalash on my lashes and they […]

  • ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ tells the real-life story of a NY woman

    NEW YORK — A marathon is 26.2 miles. That’s a walk in the park for many lifelong runners, but for the rest of us. It takes a lot of work and dedication to go from couch potato to marathon runner, and “Brittany Runs a Marathon” shows just that. The film focuses on New Yorker Brittany Forgler, whose partying and toxic relationships catch up with her. Instead of prescriptions, her doctor slaps her with the suggestion to get healthy. Too broke […]

  • Billy Porter strikes a ‘Pose’

    Emmy nominated actor Billy Porter spoke to a packed house on Tuesday Night at the 92nd Street Y about his role as Pray Tell in the critically acclaimed show, “Pose.” The show which received 6 Emmy nominations, is set in the 1980’s New York City Ballroom culture created by the LGBTQ community. It has been renewed for a third season, set to air in 2020.  

  • Robin Givens in the spotlight with steamy, new show

    NEW YORK — Robin Givens is keeping busy with not one but three television shows this year. She has had a recurring role on the hit series “Riverdale” since the show premiered. This year she could also be seen on “The Fix” and now “Ambitions,” a steamy new drama on OWN. Oji talks with Givens about the new series, her pretty busy schedule and her secrets to looking ageless.  “Ambitions” can be seen on Tuesday nights on OWN.

  • Barry Manilow, Broadway and beyond

    NEW YORK — Only once in a blue moon do we come across a talent who has conquered the music charts, done television, movie soundtracks, voice overs and even jingles. Barry Manilow has accomplished all that. For a limited time, you can get a chance to experience the magic live as he takes the stage on “Manilow Broadway.” Oji had the chance to chat with him as he promises an evening of nonstop Top 40 Hits and surprises from his […]

  • ‘Sea Wall/A Life’: A Broadway powerhouse times two

    NEW YORK — A unique play is opening on Broadway. In fact, it’s almost as if there are two shows in one. Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge are the two leading stars in “Sea Wall/A Life,” a show with two separate monologues that intertwine. Gyllenhaal plays the role of “Abe,” a musician who finds out he is expecting his first child. Sturridge plays the role of “Alex,” and his story focuses on his family: from the first moment he falls […]

  • Harlem Week: One resident’s bright idea

    HARLEM — Harlem has been a source of inspiration for so many different art forms. When inspiration struck for one Harlem resident to launch a candle company, she was not afraid to make it happen.

  • Hanging in Harlem with the cast of ‘Shaft’

    Oji and the cast of “Shaft” take a tour of Harlem. The movie, starring Samuel L. Jackson, hit theaters Friday.

  • ‘Moulin Rouge’ heats up the Broadway stage

    NEW YORK — Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor sizzled the screen in the blockbuster hit “Moulin Rouge.” Fast forward 18 years, and it’s back — this time on Broadway. This love story, set in the famous Paris night club, dazzled moviegoers with its music and theatrics. Now, it’s heating up the Broadway stage. Oji had the chance to talk with the show’s stars, Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo about playing the iconic roles. Catch “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” on Broadway […]

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