INTERVIEW: I was acting before Nollywood came into existence – Pete Edochie

Pete Edochie, a veteran actor, has stated that he began acting before the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, was created, glamsquad reports 

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When the great actor made his film debut in the 1985 adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s novel, ‘Things Fall Apart,’ there was nothing like Nollywood, he remarked.

This was said by Edochie in a recent interview with Afia TV.

He said, “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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