Pearlena Igbokwe Has Been Appointed As The President Of Universal Television

June 6, 2016

Which group of people keep winning at life while slaying at the same time? You got it right, they’re Nigerians! And in this case, Nigerian women.

Trailblazer in the media industry, Pearlena Igbokwe, has been named as the president of popular TV studio, Universal Television, the production branch of the NBC television network.

Pearlena was appointed after the former president, Bela Bajaria, suddenly left her job after 5 years on the job. This means she will be the first African American to lead a major TV studio.

The mother of 2 who migrated to the U.S with her parents at 6, first worked at NBC in 1985 while she was an undergraduate at Yale University.

Although she faced some of the challenges immigrants faced growing up in the U.S, she went on to excel in her studies and even bagged a Masters Degree from Columbia University.

Before she moved back to NBC in 2012, Pearlena was the Drama head at Showtime, a cable network under CBS network, where she was involved in the production of TV shows like Dexter and Nurse Jackie.

Her brilliant track record at the organisation was so impressive, the NBC president recognised her as the perfect fit for the job after Bela’s resignation. It’s no surprise as she was responsible for great shows like Chicago Med, Blacklist and Blindspot.

Congratulations to Pearlena and hopefully, many more awesome shows to come!

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