Making Africa proud: Woman becomes chairman of Universal Studio Group

Making Africa proud: Woman becomes chairman of Universal Studio Group

- Pearlena Igbokwe, an African woman, has been appointed as the chairman of a huge American outfit - Universal Studio Group

- Before her new appointment, she was the head of the television arm of the company, a position that no black woman had held prior to her

- In her present position, she will be reporting directly to the CEO of the group, Jeff Shell

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An African-born woman by the name of Pearlena Igbokwe has made the continent extremely proud as she was appointed the chairwoman of America’s Universal Studio Group. It should be noted that the studio falls under the NBC Universal, a world-leading media and entertainment group of companies that cover vast TV interests for the world audience.

It was reported that Pearlena made history with the appointment as she became the first black woman to hold such a significant position.

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

A collage showing the woman. Photos sources: Bloomberg/Bellanaija
Pearlena Igbokwe has been named Universal Studio's new chairwoman. Source: Bloomberg/Bellanaija
Source: UGC

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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.

In other news about successful women, recently reported on an African American mom & daughter who opened a Shell gas station in Florida. Lashawn Flowers, a hardworking black woman who gave birth when she was only 16, now works together with the baby girl she gave birth to as joint CEOs.

According to a report by, the 51-year-old mother and her 35-year-old daughter named Shanita Vickers just bought themselves two black-owned gas stations in South Florida, United States.

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Mzansi woman starts successful car restoration business with R2k loan learnt that as Shell franchisees, the two are making history as female entrepreneurs and causing quite a stir on social media. The story of Lashawn shows that although early childbirth may come with many challenges, especially for the mother, hope is not lost when a girl finds herself in that situation.

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