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.
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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