Chief Pete Edochie, MON
Chief Edochie, MON is a prominent Nigerian actor and notable statesman. Edochie is considered one of Africa’s most talented and greatest actors, being honored with an Industry Merit Award by Africa Magic and Lifetime Achievement by Africa Film Academy.. Although a seasoned administrator and broadcaster, he came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all-time best selling novel, Things Fall Apart. Edochie descends from the Igbo people of Nigeria and is a Catholic. In 2003, he was rewarded with a “National Honour and Merit Award”, as a Member of the Order of the Niger, by President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Edochie got into radio broadcasting in 1967 at the age of 20,, as a junior “Programme Assistant”, after which he was elevated to the level of a Director. He was Director of Programmes, but doubling sometimes as Deputy Managing Director and occasionally acting as Managing Director. He quit Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) because the government decided to politicize the affairs of their FM station, thereby resulting in the entire management being asked to move out, including him. He was to be the immediate successor to the Managing Director but had to leave and enrol into the movie industry. Prior to that, he had featured in Things Fall Apart and had won an International Award. The BBC flew into Nigeria to interview him for his role in Things Fall Apart. He is credited with Hundreds of Movies to his name.
In September 2017, Edochie endorsed Wikimedia movement in Nigeria by appearing in a video to increase awareness and use of Wikipedia among the older generations.
He is one of the most famous actors in the world and has made several adverts and commercials for both governments and some of the biggest corporate organizations in Africa.