Pete Edochie, A Biography, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Pete Edochie
Born Pete Edochie
March 7, 1947 (age 70)
EnuguNigeria
Nationality Nigeria
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Josephine Edochie
Children Linc Edochie
Yul Edochie

Chief Pete EdochieMON (born 7 March 1947)[1][2] is a Nigerian actor. 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[3] Although a seasoned administrator and broadcaster,[4] 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.[5] In 2003, he was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Niger by President Olusegun Obasanjo.[6][7]

Career

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Edochie appearing in a commercial for Wikipedia

He got into radio broadcasting in 1967 at the age of 20[8] 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.[1]

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.[9][10]

The Famous G8

In 2005 the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria placed Pete Edochie and several other actors, including Genevieve NnajiOmotola Jalade EkeindeNkem OwohRamsey NoahStella 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.

Kidnapped

In 2009 Edochie was kidnapped and later released by his captors unharmed.[11]

Filmography

  • Mummy Why (2016)
  • Heavy Battle (2008)
  • Test Your Heart (2008)
  • Greatest Harvest (2007)
  • Secret Pain (2007)
  • Fair Game (2006)
  • Holy Cross (2006)
  • Lacrima (2006)
  • Living with Death (2006) …. Mr. Harrison
  • Passage of Kings (2006)
  • Simple Baby (2006)
  • Zoza (2006)
  • Azima (2005)
  • Baby Girl (2005)
  • End of Money (2005)
  • Living in Tears (2005)
  • Never End (2005)
  • No More War (2005)
  • Ola… the Morning Sun (2005)
  • Price of Ignorance (2005)
  • The Price of Love: Life Is Beautiful (2005)
  • Sacred Tradition (2005)
  • The Tyrant (2005)
  • Across the Niger (2004)
  • Coronation (2004)
  • Dogs Meeting (2004) …. Anacho
  • Dons in Abuja (2004)
  • The Heart of Man (2004)
  • King of the Jungle (2004)
  • Love from Above (2004)
  • My Desire (2004)
  • Negative Influence (2004)
  • The Staff of Odo (2004)
  • St. Michael (2004)
  • Above Death: In God We Trust (2003)
  • Arrows (2003)
  • Billionaires Club (2003)
  • Egg of Life (2003)
  • Honey (2003)
  • Love & Politics (2003)
  • Miserable Wealth (2003)
  • The Omega (2003)
  • Onunaeyi: Seeds of Bondage (2003)
  • Rejected Son (2003)
  • Selfish Desire (2003)
  • Super Love (2003)
  • Tears in the Sun (2003)
  • Tunnel of Love (2003)
  • When God Says Yes (2003)
  • Battle Line (2002)
  • My Love (2002)
  • Tears & Sorrows (2002)
  • Greedy Genius (2001)
  • Holy Ghost Fire (2001)
  • Terrible Sin (2001)
  • Oduduwa (2000)
  • Set-Up (2000)
  • Chain Reaction (1999)
  • Lost Kingdom (1999)
  • Narrow Escape (1999)
  • Living in darkness (1999)
  • Rituals (1997)
  • “Things Fall Apart” (1987) TV series
  • Last Ofalla
  • Lion throne
  • Lion of Africa
  • Igodo
  • Evil men
  • Monkey chop banana
  • Idemili
  • 50 days with Christ
  • The Egg

References

  1. Jump up to:a b Ololade, Olatunji (20 June 2009). “Life, pain and Pete”The Nation. Lagos, Nigeria: Vintage Press Limited. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  2. Jump up^ “Biography”. Pete Edochie, Official Website. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  3. Jump up^ Njoku, Benjamin (25 November 2011). “Pete Edochie, alive”The Vanguard. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  4. Jump up^ Umejei, Emeka (21 August 2009). “Pete Edochie – Bearing the Brunt of Captivity”AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  5. Jump up^ Okachie, Leonard (13 June 2010). “Unholy Admiration – Fans Tear Pete Edochie’s Dress Inside Church”AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  6. Jump up^ “Pete Edochie at 70: Celebrating Nigeria’s movie icon”Premium Times. March 8, 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  7. Jump up^ “I’VE BEEN ACTING SINCE I WAS 15 –PETE EDOCHIE”Modern Ghana. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  8. Jump up^ http://www.yeyepikin.com/2015/09/pete-edochie-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-him/
  9. Jump up^ “Veteran actor returns as Okonkwo in new skit “Things Fall Together” [Video]”Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  10. Jump up^ “Pete Edochie, Emmauella star in Wikipedia campaign (VIDEOS INCLUDED)”Daily Trust. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  11. Jump up^ “Actor Pete Edochie Kidnapped, Ransom Paid, Now Released – UPDATED”. bellanaija. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
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