Chief Pete Edochie, MON (born March 7, 1947), is a celebrated Nigerian actor and television personality. He is considered one of Africa’s most talented actors and father figures to the aspiring ones.
He has been honoured with an Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic and Lifetime Achievement by Africa Film Academy. Although a seasoned administrator and broadcaster.
Pete Edochie 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.
Pete Edochie descends from the Igbo people of Nigeria and is a Catholic. In 2003, he was honoured as a Member of the Order of the Niger by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
|WIKI FACTS & ABOUT DATA|
|Full Name:||Chief Pete Edochie, MON|
|Stage Name:||Pete Edochie|
|Born:||7 March 1947 (age 75 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Enugu, Nigeria|
|State Of Origin:||Anambra State|
|Wife • Spouse:||Josephine Edochie|
|Girlfriend • Partner:||N/A|
|Children:||Pete Edochie aunt to both Yul Edochie, Linc Edochie|
|Grandchildren:||Dani Edochie, Kambi Edochie, Karl Edochie, Victory Zane Chukwubuike Yul-Edochie|
|Occupation:||Actor • TV Personality|
|Net Worth:||US$4 million|
Early Life & Education
Pete Edochie was born on March 7, 1947 in Enugu, Nigeria. He hails from Anambra State but was raised in Zaria, Kaduna.
Rita Edochie is the sister-in-law of Pete Edochie aunt to both Yul Edochie and Muna Obiekwe.
He is still very much alive, disregard his burial rumors. He has brother named Tony Edochie.
He began his primary education at St. Patrick’s and St. James Primary School, Zaria. Then, he proceeded to St. John’s College for secondary education.
Subsequently, Edochie attended the School of Journalism and Television in England and did some overseas courses.
After secondary school, Pete Edochie worked with Nigerian Railway Corporation before moving to England to study. Then after school, he got into broadcasting in 1967.
Pete Edochie got married to Josephine Edochie at age 22, and the union is blessed with six children: 5 boys and one girl.
He is the father of Yul Edochie and Linc Edochie. He also has grandchildren, namely Dani Edochie, Kambi Edochie, Karl Edochie, and Victory Zane Chukwubuike Yul-Edochie.
Two of his sons, Linc and Yul Edochie, are popular because they are also professional actors in the industry.
Pete Edochie began his career at 20 when he got into the broadcasting corporation. He started as a junior program assistant and rose to the position of director, where he acted in different directorial capacities. However, he left the radio station and joined Nollywood because the government decided to politicise the affairs of the radio station.
The first time he went on stage was in 1962 at age 15 when he was a student at St. John’s College. He was featured in the drama; Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.
As a result, BBC came to Nigeria to interview him, and he also got some international recognition. Pete Edochie has also gone on to feature in movies such as Oduduwa (2000), Battle Line (2002), Rejection Son (2003), Set Up, Lost Kingdom, e.t.c.
In 2005, the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria placed Pete Edochie and several other actors, including Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Nkem Owoh, Ramsey Nouah, Stella Damasus, 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 2009, Pete Edochie was kidnapped and later released by his captors unharmed.
In 2020, Pete Edochie played a lead role in a movie titled “Fatal Arrogance“, which generated many controversies.
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 film attempts to portray the union as a terrorist group.
The actor, however, insisted that he is not responsible for whatever issues the movie might generate, insisting the movie producers should be held accountable.
Veteran Actor Pete Edochie is an award-winning actor. He has received recognition both locally and internationally. For instance, he was inducted into the hall of fame in 2003, shortly before being honoured as a Member of the Order of Nigeria. His other awards include;
- Movie Personality of the Year, City People Magazine, 1999
- Best Actor in Africa, Censors’ Board, 2001
- Best Actor in Nigeria, Censors’ Board, 2003
- Member of the Order of the Niger, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, 2003
- Special Recognition Award, Best of Nollywood (BON), along with Lanre Hassan (Iya Awero), Former Governor Emmanuel Udaghan, 2013
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2013
- Industry Merit Award, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, 2014
- Life Impact Awards, Times Heroes Awards, 2017
- 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)
- Billionaire 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
- Evil men
- Monkey chop banana
- 50 days with Christ
- The Egg
- Unroyal (2020)
- Lionheart (2018)
- Mummy Why (2016)
Pete Edochie is currently one of the richest and the most influential Nollywood actors, with an estimated net worth of US$4 million.