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7 Mar 2018

Pete Edochie Clocks 71: Seven Things You Don’t Know About Him

Nigerian iconic and veteran actor Pete Edochie is 71 years today after a series of selfless and un-imaginary entertainment prowess he has shown to the African community.

The veteran actor is known for always adorning the crown as a king in most of movies, he is also good at playing an occult man’s role and he is also very popular for his parables in most of movies.

As he is +1 today let’s bring some things that you may not have known about him to lime light.

1. Chief Pete Edochie was born on 7th March 1947, he hails from Enugu state in Nigeria. Edochie descends from the Igbo people in Nigeria and is a Catholic.

2. Pete Edochie is not married to Rita Edochie who many have mistaken to be his wife; well Rita is an in-law to her as she is married to his brother. Pete Edochie is married to Josephine Edochie and they are blessed with six children.

3. Although he was 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 bestselling novel, Things Fall Apart. He is also a Wikipedia ambassador.

4. He 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.

5. 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 enroll into the movie industry.

6. 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.

7. 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.

Nigeriafilms wishes the veteran actor a happy birthday.

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