resident Muhammadu Buhari has joined entertainers in the music and movie industry, particularly Nollywood, in celebrating with veteran actor, scriptwriter and movie producer, Pete Edochie, on his 75th birthday.
The President’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Monday in Abuja.
Buhari congratulated the renowned actor for the many pioneering and motivating roles in the entertainment industry, hitting the limelight in the 80s as Okonkwo in the screen adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”, where his superlative performance brought the spotlight to Nigeria and Africa.
The President noted that Edochie’s background of living and working extensively in various parts of the country and the world, had greatly shaped his global outlook and influenced his interpretation of roles as a thespian.
Edochie had also served the government as staff of the Nigeria Railway Corporation and Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation.
While congratulating Edochie, the usually stereotyped actor as king and father in movies, Buhari affirmed that his role in the founding and growing of Nollywood as one of biggest entertainment industries in the world deserved commendation.
He particularly lauded him for incubating younger professionals and nurturing talents like his son, Yul Edochie.
The president prayed that the Almighty God would crown the award-winning actor, who had many international recognitions, with good health and strength to keep serving the nation.