Pete Edochie is a legendary Nollywood actor, producer, businessman, investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a television personality. He is very talented and act mostly as royal king, father, and godfather in several Nollywood movies. He is married with grownup children. He is the father to Nollywood actor Yul Edochie and Linc Edochie.
He was born on 7th March 1947 in Enugu coal city of Enugu State in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He is currently 72 years old. He is originally from Anambra State, but was born and bred in Enugu State both in the south eastern part of Nigeria. He is considered as Africa most talented actor. He is a devoted catholic and a kind man whom people misunderstood as an evil person due to the wicked role he play in movies.
Pete Edochie completed his primary school education in Enugu State in the south eastern part of Nigeria and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After which he completed his secondary school education in Zaria, Kaduna State in the northern part of Nigeria and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate. While still in secondary school, he was actively involved in drama club, theatre club and performing art. He has featured in several stage plays and drama.
Pete Edochie after completing his primary and secondary school education worked with the Nigerian Railway Cooperation. After working with the Nigerian cooperation for some years, Pete Edochie decided to further his education. He moved over to England and studied a course in Journalism and Television in the School of Journalism and Television in England, United Kingdom. In 1967, he got into radio broadcasting as a Junior Programme Assistant after which he was elevated to the level of a Director.
In 1980, Pete Edochie became famous after starring in an NTA TV series “Things Fall Apart” in which he played the lead role of Okonkwo. He later won an International Awards due to his role as Okonkwo in the TV series “Things Fall Apart” and he was also interviewed by BBC reporters on the success of the movie. In 2005, the Actors Guild of Nigeria placed Pete Edochie on a one year suspension from filming due to his demand of huge fees.
Pete Edochie is one of Nigeria’s most successful actors. The veteran actor who is seen as one of Africa’s most talented has amassed several movie awards to his name. Although a seasoned administrator and broadcaster, he came to limelight in 1980 when he played the role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece novel “Things Fall Apart” which later won him the award for Best Actor in Africa at the First Africa Movie Academy Awards and also presented him as a legend in Nollywood.
Pete Edochie is a Christian and a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church. In 2009, Pete Edochie was kidnapped by hoodlums and later released unharmed after some huge ransom was paid. Pete Edochie is married with many grownup children. His last son “Yul Edochie” is a famous Nollywood actor.
Pete Edochie joined the Eastern Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (ENBC) in 1967 and in 1980 he was trained formally in the British Broadcasting Corporation as a broadcaster and started off as a junior programme assistant after which he was elevated to the level of Director.
Pete Edochie has acted in more than 300 Nollywood movies which include Corridors of Power, Heavy Battle, The Dog’s Meeting, Lion of Africa, Billionaires Club, Test Your Heart, Greatest Harvest, Secret Pain, and many more. He always features in political films and occultic films and sometimes plays the role of a title chief, traditional ruler and traditional prime minister in several Nollywood movies.
There were rumors and speculations that the veteran actor was married to his colleague in Nollywood Rita Edochie. This is owing to the similarity of their surnames. But the truth is that Rita Edochie is a sister-in-law who is married to Pete Edochie younger brother.
Pete Edochie currently has an estimated net worth of over $3.8 million, making him one of the richest and most influential actors in Nigeria. In 2011, Pete Edochie was honored as Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) which happens to be the highest award and honor given to a celebrity who has contributed immensely to the economic growth and development of the country through entertainment.
Pete Edochie in the cause of his acting career has won several awards both home and abroad. Some of his awards include Best Actor in Africa, Nollywood legendary Actor, Most Promising Actor in Nigeria, Most Gifted Actor and Most Prominent Actor in Nigeria. He is one of the pioneers of the Nigerian movie Industry popularly known as Nollywood and contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood in Nigeria and rest of the world.
Pete Edochie started growing his beards when he was just 23 years old and has not completely shaved it off since then, although he could trim it. Pete Edochie during an interview stated that he will never shave his beards not matter how much money he is offered to do so. According to him, he intends to carry it as his signature till the end of his life.
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