“I Joined Movie Industry Before Nollywood Existed” — Pete Edochie Reveals

Nigeria’s foremost actor, Pete Edochie has revealed that he has been an actor in the movie industry even before the existence of Nollywood. Pete Edochie who is now retired made this revelation in an interview.

The recent interview which was with Afia TV, had the veteran disclosing that he started his acting career in the year 1985.

He went further revealing that when he acted in the novel feature, “Things Fall Apart,” there was nothing like Nollywood.

Nollywood came into lime-light 7 years after the novel by late Chinua Achebe adaptation.

Check out excerpts from his interview below:

“I’m senior in the movie industry. I mean, when I did ‘Things Fall Apart’ in 1985, there was nothing like Nollywood. By then, Nollywood was slumbering sonorously in the womb of time.

“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.

“The BCC flew in here [Nigeria] to interview me and tell flew into America to interview 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.”

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