Genevieve Nnaji celebrates veteran actor, Pete Edochie as he turns 74
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Genevieve Nnaji celebrates veteran actor, Pete Edochie as he turns 74

Genevieve Nnaji celebrates veteran actor, Pete Edochie as he turns 74

Genevieve Nnaji celebrates veteran actor, Pete Edochie as he turns 74

Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, has joined several stars who are celebrating veteran actor, Pete Edochie, as he turns 74.

The talented actress took to her social media page yesterday with a photo of her posing with the celebrant, wishing him long life on his birthday which fell on Sunday March 7.

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In her caption, Genevieve described him as the man who showed the bull her horns from the very start, explaining his importance in her career.

The movie star also expressed her gratitude for his wisdom, grace and also wished him a long reign.

The second slide of her post is a video clip of Edochie who was being eulogised by a flute man, an attempt from him to dance to the tune sent everyone around him laughing, including Genevieve who was beside him.

She wrote:

Happy birthday to the man who showed the bull her horns from the start. Thank you for your wisdom and grace. May your reign be long. Love you forever @peteedochie.”

Genevieve Nnaji celebrates veteran actor, Pete Edochie as he turns 74

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Biography of Pete Edochie

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 the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece novel, Things Fall Apart.

He is a Christian, a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pete Edochie who is from the Igbo ethnic group is an indigene of Anambra State. He was born on March 7, 1947, in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.

Pete Edochie had his primary and secondary Education in Zaria, Kaduna State of Nigeria. After his formal education, he worked with the Nigerian Railway Cooperation. Later, he went further to study a course in Journalism and Television in the School of Journalism and television in England.

His Job as ENBC broadcaster
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 programmes assistant after which he was elevated to the level of a Director.

Even though he was director of programmes, Pete Edochie, sometimes doubled as Deputy Managing Director and occasionally acting as Managing Director. He quit ABS (Note that ENBC became Radio Biafra during the Nigeria civil war, was renamed the East Central State Broadcasting ESBS after the civil war and was changed to Anambra Broadcasting Service with the creation of Anambra and Imo states in 1976) because the government decided to politicize 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, moving into the movie industry.

Movie Career
Pete Edochie had featured in Things Fall Apart. The movie which was an adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s novel of the same title pushed the actor into the limelight after winning him an international award and earning him a lot of prestige. The BBC had flown into Nigeria to interview him for his role in Things Fall Apart.

The Famous G8
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, Chinwe Okeke and Richard Mofe Damijo on a one-year ban from filming after they were said to have been collecting huge fees from producers as a result of 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 business.

Wife, Sons, Daughter

Pete Edochie got married at 22 to his lovely wife Josephine and is blessed with six children among who are Yul Edochie and Linc Edochie, both Nollywood actors. Very little is known about his other four children. Pete also has several grandchildren from his six children.


Written by Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

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