Pete Edochie is widely known as an actor that achieved a great deal of success in the Nigerian movie scene. He attained prominence in the movie industry when he played the role of Okonkwo in the 1987 TV series of Chinua Achebe’s best-selling book, Things Fall Apart. He went on to feature in many home videos that earned him national and international recognition. The name of his wife is Josephine Edochie, and he has been married to her for five decades.
This is all you need to know about Josephine Edochie:
Early Life and Education
Josephine Edochie was born in the Southeastern State of Anambra. She completed elementary and secondary school education and proceeded to enroll in a higher institution of learning. At the university, she studied Law, and upon graduation was admitted into the Nigeria Law School. After writing and passing the bar examinations of Nigerian Law School, Josephine earned the right to practice law within the jurisdiction of Nigeria. Josephine also acquired the necessary education and training required to work as a broadcaster.
Marriage and Family Life
Josephine and Pete Edochie met while they both worked at a broadcasting station. Soon a romantic relationship thrived and blossomed into a marital union that occurred in the early years of the 1970s, over fifty years ago. The couple has six children, a girl, and five boys. Linc Edochie and Yul Edochie are two of Josephine and Pete’s children that followed the route of their father in the Nollywood industry. Josephine and Pete Edochie are grandparents.
Josephine Edochie is a multipotentialite as she is a trained lawyer and broadcaster. As a lawyer, she applied a set of skills that include, excellent communication techniques, negotiation, analysis, logic, and reasoning, among others, to uphold the law of the land while protecting clients’ rights.
Josephine Edochie is also a presenter working with several media outlets throughout her career. It was even in one of these broadcasting stations that her path crossed with young Pete Edochie. As a broadcaster, she efficiently and concisely disseminated pertinent information to television viewers’ audiences. She boasts of verbal and visual airtime on several television programs she anchored.
Who is Pete Edochie?
Early Life and Education
Pete Edochie was born on March 7, 1947. He grew up in the Northern part of Nigeria, particularly Zaria, Kaduna State. In Kaduna, he obtained elementary education from St. Patrick Primary School and St. James Primary School, both in Zaria. For his secondary education, he attended St. John’s College where he obtained his O(Ordinary) Level Certificates. Pete Edochie then proceeded to England to study Journalism in the School of Journalism and Television in England, United Kingdom.
Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism and Television in England, Pete Edochie returned to Nigeria and got a job in a media broadcasting company in 1967. Over the course of his journalism career, he rose through the ranks within the media and journalism sphere to a television presenter in several broadcasting stations.
In 1987, Pete Edochie began acting starring in the television series adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s book of critical acclaim, Things Fall Apart. He played the role of Mazi Okonkwo, which earned him worthwhile recognition. The succinct portrayal of Okonkwo’s character gave Pete Edochie the needed boost to thrive in the movie industry. To his credit, Pete Edochie has featured in a lot of movies of praiseworthy status. Notable among his featured films are, Narrow Escape, Ritual, Love and Politics, Terrible Sin, Lacrima, Heavy Battle, Holy Cross, Egg of Life, and Lion Heart, among others.
Recognition and Awards
Pete Edochie’s contribution to the Nigerian movie industry has led the actor to amass several awards both locally and internationally. With over two decades of acting, Pete Edochie’s awards include the following, Member of the Order of the Niger, conferred in 2003 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Best Actor in Africa, Censors’ Board 2001; Best Actor in Nigeria, Censors’ Board 2003; Movie Personality of the Year, City People Magazine, 1999; Lifetime Achievement Award, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2013; Industry Merit Award, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award, 2014; and Life Impact Awards, Times Heroes Awards, 2017.