Arts & Culture

Nollywood actor, Edochie turns 70

Nollywood legend Peter Edochie turned 70 years on Tuesday and attributed his good health to healthy living.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka, he said that is focused.

He said that he was still feeling strong attaining “three score and ten” years.

“Taking life easy and planning purposefully for everything makes life worth living as well as ageing gracefully,’’ he said.

He said though life has not been that rosy, but with great determination and commitment he has been able to attain some successes.

Edochie, considered one of Africa’s most talented actors, has featured in hundreds of award winning movies and stage plays both home and abroad.

He began his career as a seasoned administrator and broadcaster with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Enugu station.

He became prominent in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all-time best-selling novel, “Things Fall Apart.”

He had his primary education at Saint Patrick’s and Saint James Primary School, Zaria in Kaduna State and later proceeded to Saint John’s Secondary School, Kaduna.

He attended many courses overseas, including School of Journalism and Television in England and married with six children.

Edochie is remarkable for prolific African parables, one of which is: “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,” he was quoted to have said also.

Some of fans took to the Twitters congratulating him.

NigerianFIZZY!!!‏ @N2D_FIZZY said: “Happy 70th birthday to you my living legend Chief Sir, Peter Edochie OON.”

‘Bunmi Ogundele,Esq.‏ @OluOgundele tweeted: “Happy birthday to Peter ‘Okonkwo’ Edochie. The great thespian turns 70 today.”

(NAN)

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