He was born on March 7, 1947 in Enugu in south eastern Nigeria.
Pete Edochie had his Primary and Secondary education in Zaria, Kaduna State. He later went to school of Journalism and Television in School of Journalism and Television in England.
His Acting Career
Pete Edochie made entry into Nollywood in the 1980s.
Pete came into movie limelight when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all time best selling novel, “Things Fall Apart”.
The exceptionally creative and talented Nollywood superstar is vast in Igbo and English known for brilliant interpretation of roles in movies.
Pete has since starred in over 200 Nollywood movies, some of which are:
• Arrows (2003)
• Billionaires Club (2003)
• Egg of Life (2003)
• Honey (2003)
• Love & Politics (2003)
• Miserable Wealth (2003)
• The Omega (2003) Azima (2005)
• Baby Girl (2005)
• End of Money (2005)
• Living in Tears (2005)
• Never End (2005)
• Greatest Harvest (2007)
• Secret Pain (2007)
• Onunaeyi: Seeds of Bondage (2003)
• Heavy Battle (2008)
• Test Your Heart (2008) and several others.
Pete has made a big name for himself with numerous fans because of his eloquence and comportment in acting.
In September 2017, Pete Edochie’s brilliant performance gave him an invitation at the BBC in an interview to explain his role in Things Fall Apart.
Pete Edochie has won several awards notably as:
• The Best Actor in Africa.
• Best Actor in Nigeria.
• University of Nigeria Theatre Arts Achievement Award,
• The Evergreen Awards,
• Actors Guild of Nigeria Grand Patron,
• Ebubudike of Africa by St. Peter’s Catholic Church,
• The Pioneer Actors Award, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Theatre Arts Achievement Award,
• Nollywood Outstanding Personalities Award (NOPA) presented by National Association of Movie Journalists,
• Award of Excellence presented by National Association of Anambra State Students,
• Most Creative Veteran Award, and so many others.
Pete Edochie is today regarded as Nigerian Africa’s most talented actor, by Movie Awards and Movie Magic’s Africa Magic Cable network.
Pete was awarded Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by the Nigerian government for his immeasurable contributions to the entertainment industry.
In 1987, he was appointed a director in Eastern Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation. He performed excellently well and retired from service as a broadcaster in 1988.
He is a successful Nollywood actor with over 200 movies to his credit.
Edochie is said have endorsed Wikimedia movement in Nigeria by featuring in a video to create awareness and the use of Wikipedia among the older generations.
Pete Edochie, like any other being on earth has had challenges in life. The few most glaring ones are:
In 2009, Pete was kidnapped and later released by his captors unharmed.
In 2005, Pete Edochie and several other actors like the Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Nkem Owoh, Ramsey Richard Mofe Damijo and other popular actors were said to have received a one year ban from the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria in an allegation of collecting huge sums from producers owing to their A-list celebrity status.
The period of ban actually spelt doom in the Nigerian film industry and the ban had since been lifted and they are back on track in the movie entertainment.
His Personal Life
Pete Edochie has been married to Rita Edochie for years with grown up five children, among whom is Yul Edochie, a renowned Nollywood actor and politician. Rita Edochie is also a Nollywood actress.
His Net Worth
Pete Edochie is indeed a strong pillar of Nollywood, rated one of the richest and most influential with a net worth of over $10 million dollars.