- Pearlena Igbokwe is the first African woman to lead a big TV station in the US in an executive position
- Igbokwe has supervised major productions like The Blacklist, Nurse Jackie, This is US, Blindspot, among several others
- The media guru migrated to the US at age six where she got her BA and MBA from the Yale and Columbia universities respectively
Pearlena Igbokwe is the first African woman to head a big TV station in the US, making big waves in the country’s media.
Igbokwe was born in Lagos in the 1960s during the infamous Nigerian Civil War. It was reported that her family’s house in the village was destroyed by bomber planes.
She migrated to the US at the age of six and later got her first degree from the Yale University before getting her MBA from Columbia University.
It should be noted that she started her media career at Showtime, a popular media company in the US, where she has headed different executive positions in the company.
She was part of the team that developed and supervised popular series like Dexter, Nurse, The Big C, Nurse Jackie, and Master of S*x.
In 2012, she became executive vice president for drama development at NBC and supervised popular TV series The Blacklist, Blindspot, Chicago Med, Shades of Blue, This Is US, among others.
It should also be noted that she was recognised on The Hollywood Reporter’s list 100 Women in Entertainment Power and named to the Hollywood Radio and TV Society board of directors in 2017.
She is married, has two children and lives in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported about one Opeyemi Longe, who excelled in the academia as he reportedly bagged three successive first class degrees.
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What that means is that he got first class honour for all the degrees he studied for after one another.
Longe got his first degree from Ajasin University Akungba, Ondo state. From there, he had another when he finished from the Nigerian Law School.
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