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Meet Chief Pete Edochie, The Nigerian Actor That Acted A Movie That Almost Got Him Into Trouble In Real Life (Details below)

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Chief Pete Edochie is considered one of the most talented actors in Africa and was honored by the Africa Film Academy with an Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic and Lifetime Achievement.

While as a seasoned administrator and broadcaster, when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all – time best – selling book, Things Fell Apart, he came into prominence in the 1980s. Edochie is descended from Nigeria’s Igbo people and is a Catholic. He was honoured by President Olusegun Obasanjo as a Member of the Order of Niger in 2003.

In 2009, Edochie was abducted and later released unharmed by his captors. In this year, in a film titled “Fatal Arrogance” Pete Edochie played a leading role, causing lots of controversy.

IMN, also known as Shiites, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, is targeting the veteran Nollywood actor over his involvement in a new film, insisting that the film aims to depict the union as a terrorist organization. The actor maintained, however, that he is not responsible for any problems the film should generate, insisting that the film producers should be kept accountable.

In September 2017, by participating in a video to increase awareness and use of Wikipedia among the older generations, Edochie endorsed the Wikimedia movement in Nigeria.

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In 1967, at the age of 20, he joined radio broadcasting as a junior program assistant, after which he was raised to the level of Director. He was director of programs, but sometimes doubled as deputy managing director and sometimes served as managing director.


He quit ABS because the government decided to politicise the affairs of their FM station, thereby resulting in the entire management being asked to move out including him. He was supposed to be the MD’s immediate successor, but had to leave and join the movie industry. He had featured in Things Fall Apart before that and had won an International Award. For his role in Things Fall Apart the BBC flew into Nigeria to interview him. He is credited to his name with over 18 films.

In 2005, Pete Edochie and several other actors, including Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Nkem Owoh, Ramsey Noah, Stella Damasus Aboderin, and Richard Mofe Damijo, were placed on a one – year film ban by the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria after they were said to have received enormous fees from producers because of their A – list celebrity status. In the Nigerian film business, the ban placed on these actors was seen as a doom, but the actors are currently back in filming.

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