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Veteran actor, Pete Edochie has asserted that he had been an actor even before the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood came about.
During a recent interview on Afia TV, the movie actor disclosed that when he made his movie debut in the 1985 adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s novel, ‘Things Fall Apart,’ there was no such things like Nollywood.
In his words;
“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 then 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.