Veteran Nigerian Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, last Monday got an unlikely Happy Birthday Wish from the country’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, who joined others in celebrating the icon who clocked 75 years.
Edochie, a respected actor, script writer and movie producer, was congratulated by Buhari for his many pioneering and motivating roles in the entertainment industry which saw him hit the limelight in the 80s when he acted as Okonkwo in the screen adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s, popular novel, “Things Fall Apart”.
President Buhari noted that Edochie’s background of living and working extensively in various parts of the country and the world, after serving the government as staff of the Nigerian Railway Corporation and Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation, greatly shaped his global outlook and influenced his interpretation of roles as a thespian.
Congratulating Edochie, the usually stereotyped actor, as king and father in movies, President Buhari affirmed that his role in the founding and growing of Nollywood as one of the biggest entertainment industries in the world deserved commendation, especially in incubating younger professionals and nurturing talents like his son, Yul Edochie.
In a press statement signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, last Monday, the President prayed God to crown the award-winning actor with many international recognitions, with good health and strength to keep serving the nation.