BY ESE DIBEBI
Who would believe that almost 3 decades and more than 3 dozen movies after, veteran Nollywood actor Pete Edochie would refer to his role as Okonkwo in NTA series Things Fall Apart as his most challenging acting role?
Things Fall Apart was a 1987 television adaptation of Chinua Achebe‘s widely-acclaimed novel of the same name and the deep-voiced actor told Daily Trust that the role of the tragic hero, Okonkwo, ranks as his most challenging till date.
Edochie said, “Quite honestly, I don’t know. The most challenging was ‘Things Fall Apart,’ no doubt. It’s difficult to tell because each production I get involved in, I give it my best shot, so I can’t tell you this is the best I’ve done or things like that. I feel happy, immensely gratified when people go to buy films and they start by saying give us the one with Pete Edochie in it. It gives me a lot of joy. So it may not be easy for me to tell you, well, this is my best or that is my best. But I think there are some that are very prominent – Rituals, which I did for Ken Nnebue. Oracle, which I did for O.J., Igodo, which I did for O.J. Evil Men, which I did for Amaco, and quite a good number of them. These were prominent films.“