It was not a coincident when NTA started showing again the filmic adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s best selling novel, “Things Fall Apart”, several years after it was yanked off the air.
The showing of the all-time production collided with the celebration of Pete Edochie’s 71st birthday. He was born on Mrach 7, 1947.
The veteran actor turned 71on Wednesday and NTA like other Nigerians rolled out the drums to celebrate the man popularly known as ‘Ebubedike following the role he played in the 1987 NTA adaptation of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart” as Okonkwo. However, apart from NTA, many corporate organizations and individuals took time put to pay tribute to the screen icon. Also, some of his colleagues in the movie industry were not left out as they sent their congratulatory messages to him via social media. One of them was the President of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ejezie Emeka Rollas. In his birthday message, Rollas prayed that God should grant the ‘Ebubedike of Nollywood’ many more years of fruitfulness.
“We cannot quantify the contributions of our father towards the continuous development of the industry. He is a great man and as a great man he has and still doing great things both individually and collectively. His fatherly role on and off screen cannot be over-emphasized. We pray that the Almighty grant him many years of fruitfulness in good health and in his lifetime will witness the greatness of the industry he strove to build. Happy birthday,” he wrote.
Also, in his Instagram post, Pete Edochie’s son, Yul described his father as a “ true legend”, praying that God will continue to strengthen you, every new day.
Pete Edochie shot into prominence in 1987, when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s bestselling novle, “Things Fall Apart.” He has since featured in over 200 movies and has won many national and international awards.