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“I Have Been Acting Before Nollywood Was Formed” — Pete Edochie

Pete Edochie, a veteran actor, discloses that he began acting prior to the inception of Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry.

The legendary actor stated in a recent interview with Afia TV that he made his film début in 1985.NYSC Portal


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Pete Edochie spoke about his first film role, which was in the adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s novel ‘Things Fall Apart.InformationGuideNigeria

The concept of Nollywood as we know it today did not exist at the time, he continued.

In his words;

“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.JAMB Portal

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“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.JAMB Result

“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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