Pete Edochie came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’.

Pete Edochie came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’.

Pete Edochie came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’.

The Actors Guild of Nigeria on Monday felicitated with veteran actor Pete Edochie on his 75th birthday.

Emeka Rollas, National President of the AGN while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, described Edochie as a man of culture.

Mr Rollas said the actor always sought to promote and project Nigerian and African culture in movies he featured in, urging other actors to emulate those virtues.

He noted that Mr Edochie’s contributions to the growth of the creative industry would never be forgotten.

“Pete Edochie is an actor who loves to uphold African culture in his movies, this is a beautiful virtue, this is an aspect of ours life that must be guarded jealously.

“He consciously propagates culture. I want other actors to ensure the nation’s culture is upheld.

“Happy birthday to a legend, an icon, father to all and key player in this administration, his positive impact is felt in the entertainment industry as a whole and his legacy will live forever.

“His contributions to the creative industry over time can never be over – emphasised. Happy birthday Ebubedike,” he said.

Mr Edochie is one of Africa’s most talented actors, honoured by Africa Magic with an industry Merit Award, and a Lifetime Achievement by Africa Film Academy.

Mr Edochie came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaption of Chinua Achebe’s all-time best selling novel “Things Fall Apart”.

He was honoured as a member of the Order of the Niger by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

(NAN)

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