Pete Edochie – Biography, Family, Career And Net Worth of A Living Legend

Pete Edochie is a Nigerian actor who began his acting career in a broadcasting corporation at age 20 before moving into the Nigerian movie industry 'NOLLYWOOD'. However, Edochie rose to stardom in the early 1980s after playing a lead role, Okonkwo in a screen adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

Since then, Pete Edochie has featured in hundreds of movies and has been awarded both locally and internationally. He is even regarded as one of Africa’s greatest actors and was honored as Member of the Order of the Niger in 2003 by Olusegun Obasanjo.

Pete Edochie Early Life

Pete Edochie was born on March 7, 1947 in Enugu, Nigeria. He hails from Anambra State, but was raised and brought up in Zaria, Kaduna. He began his primary education at St. Patrick’s and St. James Primary School, Zaria. And then proceeded to St. John’s College for secondary education. Additionally, Pete Edochie attended the School of Journalism and Television in England and also did some courses overseas.

After secondary school, before moving to England to study, Pete Edochie worked with Nigerian Railway Corporation. Then after school, he got into broadcasting in 1967.

He began his career at 20 when he got into the broadcasting corporation. He started as a junior program assistant and rose to the position of director where he acted in different directorial capacities. However, he left the radio station and joined Nollywood because the government decided to politicise the affairs of the radio station.

Acting Career

Pete already featured in Things fall apart, and had even won international award and recognition before his enrollment into Nollywood.

The first time he went on stage was in 1962 at age 15 when he was just a student at St. John’s College. He casts in the drama; Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.

Thereafter, Edochie came into limelight after playing a leading role, Okonkwo in the 1980s NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.

As a result, BBC came to Nigeria to interview him, and he also got some international recognition. Edochie has also gone on to starred in movies such as Oduduwa (2000), Battle Line (2002), Rejection Son (2003), Set Up, Lost Kingdom, e.t.c.

Pete Personal Life

Pete Edochie got married to Josephine Edochie at age 22, and their union is blessed with six children: 5 boys and 1 girl. Two of his sons; Linc and Yul Edochie are popular because they are also professional actors in the industry. He celebrated his 75th birthday few days ago, as at the time of writing this post in year 2022, Pete Edochie is 75 year old

He has starred in hundreds of movies, some of them include;

Rituals, 1998
Oracle, 1998
Full Moon, 1998
Narrow Escape, 1999
Lost Kingdom, 1999
Chain Reaction, 1999
Oduduwa, 2000
Set-Up, 2000
Zoza, 2006
Holy Ghost Fire, 2001
Light and Darkness, 2001
My Love, 2002
Battle Line, 2002
Egg of Life, 2003
Above Death: In God We Trust, 2003
Billionaires Club, 2003
Love And Politics, 2003
Super Love, 2003
St. Michael, 2004
Dog Meeting, 2004
My Desire, 2004
Private Affairs, 2004
No More War, 2005
The Tyrant, 2005
Price of Ignorance, 2005
Return of the Princess, 2005
Speak the Word, 2006
Simple Baby, 2006
Broken Curse, 2006
Divided Secret, 2006
Fair Game, 2006
Try & See, 2007
Evil Agenda, 2007
My Beloved Soon, 2007
Sunny My Sun, 2007
Greatest Harvest, 2007
Tears of Sacrifice, 2007
Tiger King, 2008
Test Your Heart, 2008
Naked Wrestler, 2008
The Superstar, 2008
Idemili, 2014
Mummy Why, 2016
Lion Heart, 2018
Trials of Ma’Pe, 2018
Night bus to Lagos, 2019
Foreigners God, 2019

Pete Edochie Net Worth

According to, Pete Edochie's net worth is approximated at $4 million. Till date, Pete Edochie has remained one of the most influential and richest actors in Nigeria.

Pete Edochie Awards

Veteran Actor Edochie is an award-winning actor and a Nollywood Legend. He has received recognition both locally and internationally. For example, he was inducted into the hall of fame in 2003 shortly before he was honored as a Member of the Order of Nigeria. His other awards include;

Movie Personality of the Year, City People Magazine, 1999
Best Actor in Africa, Censors’ Board, 2001
Best Actor in Nigeria, Censors’ Board, 2003
Member of the Order of the Niger, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, 2003
Special Recognition Award, Best of Nollywood (BON), along with Lanre Hassan (Iya Awero), Former Governor Emmanuel Udaghan, 2013
Lifetime Achievement Award, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2013
Industry Merit Award, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, 2014
Life Impact Awards, Times Heroes Awards, 2017.

Pete Edochie Quotes

"Taking life easy and planning purposefully for everything makes life worth living as well as ageing gracefully.”

"A man who hangs around a beautiful girl without saying a word ends up fetching water for guests at her wedding.”

"A farmer who grows by the street and a man who has a beautiful woman have the same problem.”

"Stupidity is what we all have in common as human beings, but some people insist that improving it is their entitlement.”

"People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

"Beware of the naked man who offers you clothes.”

"Your Chi has to be strong for you to be able to sustain a long-life span on some of these social networks.”

"Whenever you are feeling blue, remember the spirits of our ancestors are watching over us, and God cannot let you down.”

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