“I’m Senior to the Movie Industry”: Pete Edochie Explains As KOK Brags About Seniority in Nollywood

  • Veteran Nigerian actor Pete Edochie has spoken about his seniority in the film industry
  • In a video going viral, the movie star noted that he acted in Things Fall Apart before Nollywood was even created
  • Edochie’s disclosure comes after another actor, Kanayo O. Kanayo, claimed to senior him in Nollywood

Legendary Nigerian actor Pete Edochie has shared more insight into his acting career and how it all started. Just recently, during an interview with Afia TV, the movie star explained that he was older than Nigeria’s movie industry, Nollywood.

During the interview, the Edochie patriarch noted that nothing like Nollywood existed when he did Things Fall Apart in 1985. According to him, the film industry was still in the womb.

He said:

“I am senior to the movie industry. When I did Things Fall Apart in 1985, there was nothing like Nollywood. By then, Nollywood was slumbering sonorously in the womb of time.”

He said Nollywood only came into existence seven years later with the movie Living in Bondage.

How Things Fall Apart boosted Pete Edochie’s career

Pete Edochie revealed how Things Fall Apart boosted his career and made him celebrated as an actor. He recounted how he travelled worldwide, and even the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) flew into Nigeria to interview him and also flew out to America to meet with Chinua Achebe, the book’s author.

The movie star said that Achebe was so pleased with the way he portrayed Okonkwo’s character and told him that he gave the role an interpretation after his heart.

He said:

“It was seven years after that Nollywood came on board with Living in Bondage. I went round the world before Nollywood came. By the special grace of God, after I did Things Fall Apart, I was celebrated internationally. BBC flew here to interview me then flew me to America to Chinua Achebe and Achebe said ‘Pete Edochie gave that role an interpretation after my heart’ before he died, he was calling me Okonkwo. Seven years after Nollywood came and when I retired from broadcasting, I joined Nollywood.”

See the video below:

source: legit.ng

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