Celebration!! Celebration!! Galore As Pete Edochie legendary Nigerian Actor Clocks 75.
It is another of memorable occasion as Chief Pete Edochie, MON, legendary Nigerian actor clocks 75 years of age.
Edochie is considered one of Africa’s most talented actors, being honored with an Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic
and Lifetime Achievement by Africa Film Academy.
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 of Nigeria and is a Catholic. In 2003, he was honored as a Member of the Order of the Niger by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Pete Edochie was born in Zaria on March 7, 1947. Pete celebrated his 70th birthday 2017 and he said he still feels strong despite having spent “3 scores and ten” years. “Taking life easy and planning purposefully for everything makes life
worth living as well as ageing gracefully” he said.
Edochie got into radio broadcasting in 1967 at the age of 20 as a junior programmes assistant after which he was elevated to the level of a Director. He was director of programmes, but doubling sometimes as Deputy Managing Director and occasionally acting as Managing Director. He quit ABS
because the government decided to politicise the affairs of their FM station, thereby resulting in the entire management being asked to move out, including him. He was to be the immediate successor to the MD but had to leave and enrol 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. He is credited with over 18 movies to his name.
In September 2017, Edochie endorsed Wikimedia movement in Nigeria by appearing in a video to increase awareness and use of Wikipedia among the older generations. In 2005 the Actors’
Guild of Nigeria 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 back in filming.
In 2020, Pete Edochie played a lead role in a movie titled “Fatal Arrogance” which generated lots of controversy.
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, also known as Shiites, attack the veteran Nollywood actor over his role in a new
movie, insisting that the movie attempts to portray the union as a terrorist group.
The actor However insisted that he is notresponsible for whatever issues the movie might generate insisting the movie producers should be held responsible We at the Celebration Galore wish this legendary Nigerian actor more fruitful years!