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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
  • The Wayans way: Marlon Wayans talks Netflix film, stand-up show

    NEW YORK — It’s always an experience when Marlon Wayans hangs out with PIX11. The actor and comedian talks about his Netflix film “Sextuplets,” where he plays seven different characters!  And for one night only, Wayans is making an appearance at Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. Catch the special comedy event Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.

  • Katherine McNamara talks ‘Arrow’ final season, mastering the martial arts

    NEW YORK — “Arrow” star Katherine McNamara tells PIX11`s Ojinika Obiekwe what fans can expect from the final season of the hit CW action-adventure series, and how she makes all the action look easy.

  • ‘Harriet’: Bringing the story of a legend to the big screen

    NEW YORK — The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Oji had the chance to talk to the cast about the making of the film, bringing the story to the big screen and if they would all be able to do the extraordinary feats of Harriet Tubman.

  • Catching up with Jane Seymour and season 2 of ‘The Kominsky Method’

    Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress Jane Seymour returns to series television this fall starring alongside Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in season two of “The Kominsky Method.”  She chats about what it was like being part of the award-winning show, what’s new in her life, how she keeps reinventing herself and what it has meant to have an acting career in Hollywood that has spanned decades.

  • Going country with Janine Turner in ‘Patsy and Loretta’

    NEW YORK — You’re not officially a New Yorker until PIX11’s Ojinika Obiekwe follows you into Central Park.  The entertainment correspondent met up with actress Janine Turner on a beautiful fall day in the park to talk about her new Lifetime movie “Patsy and Loretta.” The Texas-raised star is now calling New York City home and confesses to Oji her dream of being on Broadway.  The two also discuss the many projects keeping Turner busy through the years and just […]

  • Being weird with actress Felicia Day

    NEW YORK — Actress Felicia Day has made a career out of being weird.   The New York Times bestselling author of “You’re Never Weird on the Internet” has just released a follow up.   The new book, “Embrace Your Weird,” is sort of a workbook with fun activities to help folks unlock their creativity.  PIX11’s Ojinika Obiekwe tried a few in preparation for her interview with Day.  The two discuss the story behind her latest project as well as the final […]

  • Mary-Louise Parker returns to Broadway with a powerful performance in ‘The Sound Inside’

    NEW YORK — She has stepped into every role from whimsical girlfriend to a pot-peddling mom. Now, Tony Award-winner Mary-Louise Parker is back on stage with another masterful performance in “The Sound Inside.” The powerful prose gives the audience something to think about. Parker plays “Bella,” a professor riddled with cancer. “It’s not one big secret that will really give things away because so many people have different theories about what’s going on.” The actress known for her eclectic characters, […]

  • Cristela Alonzo talks memoir, comedy tour

    NEW YORK — You may think Cristela Alonzo is too young to pen her memoir.  However, this comedian, actress, and activist has accomplished so much in such a small period of time.   Her trailblazing career has made her one of the most influential LatinX voices.   Alonzo was the first Latina to create, write, producer, and star in her own television show.   She also was the first Latina to star in a Pixar movie.   Author can now be added to her […]

  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas talks lessons of life, love and loss in ‘The Sky is Pink’

    NEW YORK — “The Sky is Pink” is the incredible love story of a couple spanning 25 years — told through the lense of their teenage daughter. She’s sassy, sardonic, spunky, but she’s also dead.  The movie is unexpectedly humorous, warm and heart-wrenching all at once, as the magic of life and beauty of death come together in on family’s journey.  Oji sits down with one of the film’s stars and producers, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, to talk about the film […]

  • The stars of “Nancy Drew” talk about the new CW series

    “Nancy Drew” is back on your screen but with a twist. Oji spoke to Kennedy McMann and Scott Wolf about the new series, which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. right here on PIX11.

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