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Ojinika Obiekwe: Behind the Stories – 12 Years & Counting | Ghalichi Glam on a Budget



Ojinika-223Ojinika Obiekwe‘s vivacious spirit is evident when she gets in front of the camera. This hardworking and professional journalist, has worked for the past 12 years wearing multiple hats just to get the job needs to be done.  At BellaNaija, while we seek to entertain and educate, we also hope to inspire our readers and show them that there are people who keep striving  to make a difference in their chosen careers. In this vein, we spoke with Oji and shared her story with you.{Click here if you missed it}.

As she looks back on her journey so far, she has chosen to share 12 memorable stories from her career. As she recalls her growth path and the lessons she has learned, she hopes to reach as many people as she forges ahead to an even brighter future.

Read part VII of her chronicles below:


A wise man in my village once told me that “good things come in small packages.” I’m only saying it’s a wise man because it makes me sound a little smarter than I really am. I don’t know why I do the weird things I do, but I’ve come to accept it.

It is who I am.
I just like to begin stories with “a wise man once told me…”
Not sure why…

Well, truth is, I really don’t know any wise men from my village; not saying the dudes in my village aren’t wise, I’m sure they all are.
Another truth about me? I love quotes.

And this particular quote popped into my head when I interviewed Lilly Ghalichi – who many people know from the reality show “Shahs of Sunset” on Bravo TV.

In the piece, I described her as a pint-sized power house, which is really what she is. She’s very tiny; that’s the only way to put it.

I tower over most people, but this woman makes me look like a friggin giant, but I’m kinda used to that.
After the interview, I couldn’t help but be impressed by her.

See, they call her the Persian Barbie because of her looks. But, she’s got a lot of brains to go with her beauty. She’s not just one of those pretty faces who’s using a reality show to make a living, which I have nothing against.
I’m all about doing what works for you.

Yes, she’s capitalizing on it but who wouldn’t?
It’s not that she has to do this…she doesn’t have to – she’s a lawyer.
But she’s using her smarts to cash in because she’s used this reality show platform to market her line of products.
And I mean products with an ‘s’ – as in her bathing suit line (“have faith swimgerie”), fake lash line (“lilly lashes”), hair extension line (“lilly hair”) and wait, I’m not done yet, she also has a blog.
Many would say where does she find the time?

I say what in the world am I doing wrong?

Anyway, since she’s known for the designer duds that embodies what we’ve come to know as the “Ghalichi Glam.”
Lilly claims she “balls on a budget” so I had her show me top three beauty products that don’t cost a gazillion dollars.
And guess what? she delivered when I met up with her on “The Dunkin Donuts Studio on the Run” – which is the mobile studio we used last year for taped interviews

So, here’s the interview which till today has me wondering what in the world I’m doing wrong with my life.
Like seriously.

I’m still thinking…so while I think, go ahead and watch.
I’m sure I’ll still be thinking about it when you’re done watching.

With a career in television that has spanned more than a decade, Ojinika Obiekwe is a Nigerian-born Emmy award-winning journalist who has interviewed people from all walks of life - from A-list celebrities to politicians to the newsmakers of our time. A chance encounter brought her to New York’s WPIX-TV/Channel 11 as an intern. Now as a producer/correspondent for PIX11 Morning News, Ojinika not only writes and produces for the news program but also steps in front of the camera to interview some of Hollywood's biggest names which include the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Aniston and many more.

1 Comment

  1. Tee

    October 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Hmm I was not feeling this interview Miss obiekwe were we feeling a little intimidated? hehehe #justsaying Loveeee uuuuu oh …lol

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