March 8, 2024

7 things to know about veteran Nollywood actor Pete Edochie celebrating 77th birthday

7 things to know about veteran Nollywood actor Pete Edochie celebrating 77th birthday

Veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie

Veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie celebrated his 77th year birthday on Thursday, March 7, 2024.

The entertainment personalities and Nigerians have heaped accolades on Edochie for his monumental contributions to the film industry and entertainment sector in general.

Edochie is an eminent professional in broadcasting, journalism and acting – three professions he has a passion for.

In this article, there are seven key facts to know about Edochie.

1. Pete Edochie hails from Enugu and had his primary and secondary education at Saint Patrick’s and St. James Primary School, Zaria, Kaduna State, and later proceeded to Saint John’s Secondary School. He also schooled at the School of Journalism and Television in England.

2. He came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in a Nigerian Television Authority adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all-time best-selling novel, Things Fall Apart.

3. He began his career in radio broadcasting at the Eastern Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation at the age of 20. 

4. By 1980, he had been formally trained as a broadcaster at the British Broadcasting Corporation, where he began as a junior programmes assistant. 

5. In 1987, he became the pioneer director of Anambra Broadcasting Service 3 FM Stereo, and retired as a broadcaster in 1988. 

6. He was honoured with an Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic and Lifetime Achievement by Africa Film Academy despite being a seasoned administrator and broadcaster.

7. In 2003, he was honored as a Member of the Order of the Niger by President Olusegun Obasanjo.