The Federal Government has congratulated Nigerian-born Pearlena Igbokwe on her recent promotion to chair the Universal Studio Group, a division of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.
In a statement, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in Abuja on Monday that the Federal Government was very delighted at the news of the promotion — the latest in a string of successes recorded by Igbokwe.
“The fact that, in her new role, Igbokwe will lead the American company’s growing global television studio business, which includes Universal Television, Universal Content Productions (UCP) and NBC Universal International Studios, is a pointer to the huge responsibility that comes with the promotion and a testimony to her capability.
“Igbokwe is an inspiration to millions of youths around the world and, in particular, those in our country’s burgeoning creative industry. We wish her success in her new role,” Mohammed said.
Igbokwe, who hails from South-East Nigeria, was born in Lagos State in the mid-1960s, and she is the first black woman to head Universal Television.
Igbokwe moved to join her father in the U.S. at the age of six, shortly after the Nigerian civil war,
Prior to her appointment, Igbokwe was Executive Vice-President, Drama Development, where she oversaw the development of all NBC dramas.