You may love him and his act on TV but may not know him very well. These are things you may like to know about Nollywood Actor Pete Edochie.
Chief Pete Edochie, MON, was born on 7 March 1947 in Nigeria. Edochie is considered one of Africa’s most talented actors, being honoured with an Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic and Lifetime Achievement by Africa Film Academy. He is Although a seasoned administrator and broadcaster, he came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all-time best selling novel, Things Fall Apart. Edochie descends from the Igbo people in Nigeria and is a Catholic. In 2003, he was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Niger by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He got into radio broadcasting in 1967 at the age of 20 as a junior programs assistant after which he was elevated to the level of a Director. He was director of programs, but doubling sometimes as Deputy Managing Director and occasionally acting as Managing Director.
He quit ABS because the government decided to politicize the affairs of their FM station, thereby resulting in the entire management including Pete being asked to move out. He was to be the immediate successor to the MD but had to leave and enroll into the movie industry. Prior to that, he had featured in Things Fall Apart and had won an International Award. The BBC flew into Nigeria to interview him for his role in Things Fall Apart.
In 2005 the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) placed Pete Edochie and several other actors, including Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Nkem Owoh, Ramsey Noah, Stella Damasus Aboderin, and Richard Mofe Damijo on a one-year ban from filming after they were said to have been collecting huge fees from producers due to their A-list celebrity status. The ban placed on these actors was seen as doom in the Nigerian film business, but currently, the actors are reinstated.
Pete Edochie has featured in more than 72 movies since he started filming and is regarded a list celebrity in Nollywood.
Today, we celebrate with Pete Edochie on his 71st birthday…HAPPYBIRTHDAY SIR.