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Nigeria’s Igbokwe Becomes First Woman of African Descent to Head a Major American TV Studio

Pearlena Igbokwe, Nigeria's Igbokwe Becomes First Woman of African Descent to Head a Major American TV Studio

Another Nigerian, Pearlena Igbokwe, has made the country really proud as she was appointed the chairman of America’s Universal Studio Group.

It should be noted that the studio is under the NBC Universal, a world-leading media and entertainment group of companies that cover vast TV interests for the world audience.

The woman made history with the appointment as she became the first black woman to hold such a significant position.

A press statement by the group said that the Nigerian would be leading the company’s international television businesses and will be giving reports to Jeff Shell, the CEO of NBCUniversal.

Igbokwe was born in Lagos in the 1960s during the infamous Nigerian Civil War. She migrated to the US at the age of six and later got her first degree from Yale University before getting her MBA from Columbia University.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Igbokwe was the first African woman to head a big TV station in the US, making big waves in the country’s media.

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.

However, the Federal Government has congratulated Nigerian-born Pearlena Igbokwe on her recent promotion to Chairman of the Universal Studio Group, a division of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.

In a statement, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the Federal Government is very delighted at the news of the promotion, which is the latest in a string of successes that have been recorded by Igbokwe.

The statement was made available to newsmen by Mr Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President (Media) Office of the Minister of Information and Culture on Monday in Abuja.

”The fact that, in her new role, Igbokwe will lead the American company’s growing global television studio business, which includes Universal Television, Universal Content Productions (UCP) and NBC Universal International Studios, is a pointer to the huge responsibility that comes with the promotion and a testimony to her capability.

”Igbokwe is an inspiration to millions of youths around the world and, in particular, those in our country’s burgeoning Creative Industry. We wish her success in her new role,” the minister said.

Igbokwe, who hails from South-East Nigeria but born in Lagos State in the mid-1960s, is the first black woman to head Universal Television.

Igbokwe moved to join her father in the US at the age of six shortly after the civil war.

Prior to her appointment, Igbokwe was Executive Vice President, Drama Development, where she oversaw the development of all NBC dramas.

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