Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Ojinika Obiekwe (www.ojinika.com)

Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Ojinika Obiekwe (www.ojinika.com)

In this day and age, it is becoming increasingly difficult to discern the positive influences from the negative ones; for every Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, and Lena Dunham out there, there are five Miley Cyrus’s, seven Nikki Minaj’s, and twelve Kim Kardashians. However, do not despair! There are still successful and empowered women out there who are affecting positive change with their intelligence and ambition. Case in point: Ojinika Obiekwe is a remarkably successful and talented award-winning journalist and an incredibly positive role model for young girls and women all over the world.

 

 

Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Ojinika Obiekwe (www.ojinika.com)

Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Ojinika Obiekwe (www.ojinika.com)

Ojinika Obiekwe was born the second of five children and raised by her single mother in Enugu, Nigeria. She lived there until the age of 16 when she graduated high school and moved to the US.  She studied Communications at Seton Hall University in hopes of fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a journalist some day. “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.” Obiekwe’s hard work and dedication paid off; during her fateful senior internship at New York’s Channel 11 WPIX-TV, her executive producer took note of her impressive work ethic and told her that if there was ever an open position on the assignment desk, he would hire her on the spot. Later, when she knew of an opening she recalls boldly sending an email that read “John, remember how you said you would hire me if a position opens without interviewing me? Well, I heard Nicole left, so when do I start?” to which he responded “How does Tuesday sound?” And the rest is history.

 

 

Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Ojinika Obiekwe (www.ojinika.com)

Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Ojinika Obiekwe (www.ojinika.com)

 

 

In 2007, Obiekwe was awarded a fellowship by the National Association of Black Journalists, marking her first on-camera debut as she embarked on a trip to Senegal to report on AIDS, education, and the environment. It was on this trip that she realized her calling; Obiekwe knew right away that, reporting on the other side of the camera, was exactly where she wanted to be and what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

 

 

 

 

Despite her astounding level of success in her field as an Emmy Award Winning Journalist, and having interviewed A-list celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, and Harrison Ford (to name a few), Obiekwe remains very humble about her accomplishmentssaying “I don’t know why or how this TV thing happened, I just know it did; for reasons known to a higher power and forces beyond little old me, and that’s why I can’t ever take any of this for granted.”

 

 

 

Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Ojinika Obiekwe (www.ojinika.com)

Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Ojinika Obiekwe (www.ojinika.com)

All women should take a cue from Obiekwe and not shy away from a challenge and (at the risk of belaboring a cliche) follow our dreams. “The best part of my job, I think, is the fact that I’m good at what I do, but I also realized that with this 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.“ She has certainly brought pride to her country and to the female population worldwide through her sheer hard work, dedication and well-deserved achievements. The world needs more people with worldviews like Ojinika Obiekwe to inspire the world and stir change for the better.

 

 

Have you been inspired by Ojinika Obiekwe’s story? Do you think women can learn from her positive attitude? Leave a response in the comments below or shoot me a tweet @JenksUOhMeASoda