Buhari celebrates Pete Edochie at 75

On his 75th birthday, President Muhammadu Buhari joined entertainers from the music and film industries, particularly Nollywood, in congratulating legendary actor, playwright, and movie producer Pete Edochie.

President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated the renowned actor on his numerous pioneering and motivating roles in the entertainment industry. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as Okonkwo in the screen adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart,” where his outstanding performance brought Nigeria and Africa into the spotlight.

Mr Femi Adesina, Buhari’s spokesman, revealed this in a statement on Monday.

The President 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 Nigeria 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 deserves commendation, especially in incubating younger professionals and nurturing talents like his son, Yul Edochie.

The President prayed that the Almighty God will crown the award-winning actor, who has many international recognitions, with good health and strength to keep serving the nation.


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