Lola Ogunnaike

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Lola Ogunnaike
Born (1975-09-13) September 13, 1975 (age 44)
Alma materNew York University
University of Virginia
EmployerArise News
Spouse(s)Deen Solebo

Lola Ogunnaike is a Nigerian American features and entertainment journalist.

Early life and education[edit]

Lola was born on September 13, 1975 in New York City to Nigerian parents. She graduated from J.E.B. Stuart High School in Fairfax, Virginia. She earned a master's in fine arts degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Virginia.


Ogunnaike commenced her career in journalism in 1999 covering entertainment news and pop culture. She was a reporter for The New York Times and lead its entertainment coverage, focusing on celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Ozwald Boateng, Oprah Winfrey and writing Sting for the paper's "Arts and Leisure" section. She was a writer for Vibe magazine, contributing to the monthly music features and cover stories. Her work has also been published in Rolling Stone, New York, Glamour, Details (magazine), Nylon, the New York Observer and V Magazine. She also accompanied and interviewed Michelle Obama on a tour to South Africa. Lola was also a features reporter at the New York Daily News, where she covered breaking news on celebrities and entertainment for "NOW," the paper's entertainment section, and for the Rush and Molloy column She was a former correspondent on CNN’s “American Morning"[1] where she also worked from 2007 till 2009.[2][3]

She has appeared on several television programs such as NBC’s Today Show, MTV and VH1. She was listed in May 2007 as Ebony’s ‘150 Most Influential Blacks in America”. She is currently a host of Arise Entertainment 360.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Deen Solebo. They have a son.[4][5]


  1. ^ Ann Powers (2010). Best Music Writing. Da Capo Press. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-306-8192-54. lola ogunnaike at CNN.
  2. ^ Inc. Real Times Media; Charles Rangel (2009). Who's Who in Black New York City: The Inaugural Edition. Who's Who Publishing Company (Northwestern University). ISBN 978-1-933-8795-50.
  3. ^ Ronald H. Bayor. Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans. ABC-CLIO, 2011. p. 1641. ISBN 9780313357879.
  4. ^ "It's a Boy! Lola Ogunnaike Shares a Picture of Her Bundle of Joy, Elias OluwaDairo Solebo". Bella Naija. December 23, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Lola Ogunnaike Speaks on Young Africa: Nigerian-American journalist will travel to Africa with first lady Michelle Obama and host a BET special". BET. Retrieved September 15, 2015.

External links[edit]

"Lola Ogunnaike's Official website".