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Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by Nemma(m): 6:59am On Jun 07, 2016
Pearlena Igbokwe has been named the President of Universal Television, a subsidiary of National Broadcasting Cable (NBC), Universal Television Group. The Nigerian-born veteran Executive Producer is not only believed to be the first ‘Igbo’ to head a major US television studio, but also the first African-American female to assume the position.
Igbokwe took over from Indian-American, Bela Bajaria, who was president up until her exit last month. On Friday, when Igbokwe’s new position was announced, the president of NBC Entertainment, Jennifer Salke, described Pearlena’s track record at NBC as remarkable, thus making her a good choice for the topmost position at the studio.
“Pearlena’s remarkable track record in drama programming at NBC over the last few years made it clear that she was the ideal choice to lead the studio into its next phase of growth. Her leadership, vision and taste have resulted in an impressive string of drama successes – fromThe Blacklist,Blindspot,Chicago Med,Shades of Blue and the upcoming seriesThis Is Us,TimelessandTaken—that coincides with our return to a top position among networks,” Jennifer Salke said.
What you need to know about Pearlena Igbokwe
Background
*.She was born in Lagos State, Nigeria in the mid 1960s.
*.Pearlena grew up in a small village in the southeastern part of Nigeria, where she hails from.
*.Pearlena lived through the Biafran war– her village was attacked by bomber planes and they depended on food that was airlifted to them.
*.At the age of six, she moved to join her father in the United States of America.
Education
*.She attended Yale University between 1983 – 1987, where she acquired a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English.
*.She went on to attend the Columbia Business School between 1990 – 1992, where she got a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Marketing and International Business.
Career
*.Pearlena joined Prudential Financial as a Group Representative in 1987 and she spent three years with the company.
*.She started off her career in the entertainment industry as the Manager, Direct Response Marketing at Showtime Networks between 1992 and 1994.
*.She held several positions at Showtime including: Director, Special Projects (1994 – 1996), Director, Original Programming (1996 – 1999), Vice President, Original Programming (1999 – 2004), Senior Vice President, Original Programming (2005 – 2012) and Executive Vice President, Drama Development (2012 – 2016).
*.Before her latest position, she was the Executive Vice President, Drama Programming for NBC Entertainment.
Remarkably, when Pearlena was with Showtime, one of her several big contributions was her involvement in developing the pilot and overseeing every season of “Dexter,” Showtime’s most popular show.
Igbokwe was one of Multichannel News’ “Wonder Women” in 2010. She has also appeared previously in Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 35 under 35,” as well as in Ebony and Black Enterprise’s “Top 50 Showbiz Players.

Source: http://venturesafrica.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-pearlena-igbokwe-first-nigerian-to-head-a-major-us-television/

Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by feldido(m): 7:03am On Jun 07, 2016
Come home and make our NTA great. angry
Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by queenoflafia(f): 7:09am On Jun 07, 2016
Name checkers... Una mama
Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by mikky234(m): 7:10am On Jun 07, 2016
feldido:
Come home and make our NTA great. angry
which dirty NTA. Nigerians sha...instead of u tks happy for her. Let her come to this country and waste her talent and become corrupt.
Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by OgenemaroKessy(m): 7:12am On Jun 07, 2016
We are very proud of few of You people in diaspora that makes Nigeria proud. Keep it up Boss Woman, others will do well and emulate her , not doing drugs and prostitution. Good bless You .
Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by ikbnice(m): 7:13am On Jun 07, 2016
nice one.
Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by ikbnice(m): 7:14am On Jun 07, 2016
queenoflafia:
Name checkers... Una mama
u too dey abuse sha! grin
Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by feldido(m): 7:18am On Jun 07, 2016
mikky234:

which dirty NTA. Nigerians sha...instead of u tks happy for her. Let her come to this country and waste her talent and become corrupt.

Shes the kind of technocrats we need to steer up this Country.
Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by Mcowubaba: 7:25am On Jun 07, 2016
queenoflafia:
Name checkers... Una mama
Why calling their mum?
Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by jejemanito: 7:28am On Jun 07, 2016
99.9999% of nairalanders knew before clicking this thread that the person will either be Igbo or Yoruba

If not because of Quota System, PMB for dey Obalende dey sell suya
Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by jejemanito: 7:32am On Jun 07, 2016
feldido:
Come home and make our NTA great. angry

Even if hundreds of her kind come home PMB will still appoint a northerner as the head
Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by modestofynest(m): 7:35am On Jun 07, 2016
feldido:
Come home and make our NTA great. angry

Which NTA u want make all this Yoruba and Hausa people carry jazz kill my sister for me abeg nwanne dey dia no come back oh dem dey plan to behead u for blasphemy.....

Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by Nemma(m): 7:45am On Jun 07, 2016
modestofynest:


Which NTA u want make all this Yoruba and Hausa people carry jazz kill my sister for me abeg nwanne dey dia no come back oh dem dey plan to behead u for blasphemy.....
She don't even recognize you.... Can't you people just do without being ethnocentric.... The last time I checked your people are also fetish..
Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by queenoflafia(f): 10:22am On Jun 07, 2016
Mcowubaba:

Why calling their mum?
Where did you see mum
Re: Meet The First Nigerian Woman To Head A Major US Television Network by panditocracy(m): 12:50am On Jul 17, 2016
Nemma:

She don't even recognize you.... Can't you people just do without being ethnocentric.... The last time I checked your people are also fetish..

Hihihi. E pain am gringrin
Cone heads wish they could be like the 5%

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