Chief Pete Edochie is a famous A-List Nigerian actor and one of the most prominent faces that have graced our screens since the ’80s. He came into the limelight following his apt portrayal of Okonkwo in the classic Things Fall Apart. He has featured in hundreds of films and counting in Nollywood. Born on March 7, 1947, in Enugu, Pete hails from Nteje in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, Southeastern Nigeria.
Pete Edochie’s family drew the attention of the media and the public since the actor’s many successes in the industry. He was conferred with the national award Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to recognize the fatherly and inspirational role he plays in society and the movie industry. This is why everyone wants to know about Pete Edochie’s family and how the veteran actor has managed to maintain peace in it.
Pete Edochie Has Been Married to Josephine For 52 Years
The wife of Pete is Josephine Edochie. Although she is not as popular as her husband, she is a trained lawyer, announcer, and television presenter who lives a simple, quiet life. She shies away from the media and loves her privacy a lot. Like her husband, Josephine hails from Anambra State. She worked at a broadcasting station, ABS 88.5 FM, in Awka, where she met her husband, Pete, who also worked there.
They soon became attracted to each other, started courting, and it later led to their marriage. Their marriage is blessed with six children (five boys and a girl). The lovebirds got married as far back as 1969 when Pete was barely 22 years old. Their beautiful relationship has thrived to date. Pete is very careful not to have his family issues on social media, coupled with the fact that his wife is not a social media person; they have had no internet scandals.
However, sometime in 2013, a Kenyan man named Ephy Saint disclosed to the media that his mother told him Pete was his father. Pete unequivocally denied the allegation stating that he is not a wayward man who cheats on his wife and has never been to Kenya. It was also stated that Rita Edochie is the wife of Pete. This rumor sprang because little was known about Josephine, his wife, and Rita shared the same surname with Pete.
They were also perceived by some to be in a relationship. It was later revealed that Rita is the wife of Pete’s brother, Tony Edochie. Rita and her husband are happily married and have been blessed with four children who are doing well. Pete loves and cares for his wife to the point that infidelity has never been an issue. The actor has managed to balance a lucrative career and being a good father and husband.
Pete And Josephine Edochie Have Six Children
Pete Edochie’s family have tapped from his charisma as many of them are a delight to behold among their counterparts. He celebrated his 70th Birthday in 2017 and expressed how strong he felt and expressed gratitude to God for everything. This was followed by an outpour of messages from many eulogizing the movie icon.
As earlier stated, Pete has six children (five boys and a girl) whose names are Leo, Uche, Linc, Gene, and Yul Edochie. Unfortunately, who his daughter is and her name is unknown to the media. Not much is known about the children but below is what we can find out about the children of the veteran actor and statesman.
- Name: Leo Edochie
- Date of Birth: 1970s
- Occupation: Businessman
- Marital Status: Married
Leo is the first child of the actor and was born in the 1970s. He is a graduate of the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He is a man who looks exactly like his father but did not take the career path as an entertainer, unlike his father. Leo is a multi-business man. Several reports say that Leo Edochie studied Engineering and is equally practicing his course of choice.
He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SolotoneGlobal Ventures Limited, a company that specializes in fields such as electrical, mechanical, Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Construction. Also, the company procures equipment used in the oil and gas sector. He is happily married with children, but the names of his children are not known. Leo maintains a simple life away from the prying eyes of the media. There is also no information on his wife.
- Name: Uche Edochie
- Date of Birth: 1975
- Age: 46 years old
- Occupation: Artist
- Marital Status: Married
Uche is the second son of Pete and was also born in the 1970s. Uche found solace in artwork; he is a postwar and contemporary painter. He is a respected photographer, interior designer, artwork designer, and entrepreneur. His memorable work of art includes Memory Fades, Mind and Memory, Rumblings of the Unconscious, and Life Lessons for Our Children. The price of his artwork range from $1,038 – $9,334. He is happily married to Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo, and their union has been blessed with three children (two girls and one boy).
- Name: Lincoln Edochie
- Date of Birth: May 10, 1977
- Age: 44 years old
- Occupation: Actor
- Marital Status: Married
Lincoln Edochie, professionally referred to as Linc, is the third child of Pete. Born on May 10, 1977, he is an actor, scriptwriter, producer, and businessman. His net worth is estimated to be about $1 million. Linc holds a Bachelors’s Degree in Fine and Applied Arts from Imo State University. He followed in his father’s footsteps and trained to be an actor. Linc Edochie started acting in his university days when he was approached by a friend to feature in a drama that required someone of his stature and posture.
However, he started acting professionally in 1995. Linc is not as famous as his father, but he is a very talented actor and plays different roles. Beyond acting, he is also a fitness enthusiast, Master of Ceremony (MC), and motivational speaker. He got married to Amaka Paula Edochie on December 4, 2010, and their union has been blessed with children.
- Name: Gene Edochie
- Date of Birth: Unknown
- Occupation: Photographer, Interior designer
- Marital Status: Married
Gene Edochie is the fourth son of Pete and is the least known among his sons. He is an alumnus of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, where he majored in Architecture. He is also into interior decoration and photography, like his elder brother Uche. Gene is also a businessman. He owns Space Calibre Limited, which specializes in interior decorations. He is married with children, but little is known about his family.
- Name: Yul Chibuike Edochie
- Date of Birth: January 7, 1982
- Age: 39 years old
- Occupation: Actor, Politician
- Marital Status: Married
Yul Chibuike Daniel Edochie is the last son of the veteran actor. He is an actor, movie director, politician, and businessman, born on January 7, 1982. He was named after Yul Brynner, the lead character in the 1950s classic ‘The King and I.’ Yul is an alumnus of the University of Port Harcourt, where he bagged a Bachelor of Art in Dramatic Arts.
Like his brother Linc, Yul followed in the footsteps of his father and ventured into entertainment. He made his debut in acting in 2005 in the film The Exquires, in which he starred alongside late actor Justus Esiri. The talented actor got his breakthrough in 2007 with the movie ‘Wind of Glory’ alongside Desmond Elliot.
Following his breakthrough, the A-List actor went on to star in numerous movies, including ‘Kiss My Pain,’ Tears of Hope, My Loving Heart, Unstoppable, The End is Near, and lots more. Yul Edochie’s strides in the industry gained him lots of recognition and awards. He won the 2009 City People Entertainment Award for Best New Actor Of The Year (English).
Yul also won the Best Actor of the Year award under the same platform in 2013 and has got himself lots of nominations on different platforms. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lagos-based film production company Yul Edochie Academy. The academy has churned out series of notable movies, adding more feathers to his cap. The talented actor indeed made his father proud with this as it is the prayer of every parent for their child to be greater than they are.
Yul Is the Most Popular Among Pete Edochie’s Children
Yul is the only child of Pete, who is as popular and famous as he is. None of Pete’s children can be compared to him in terms of popularity and achievements. But Yul Edochie has made stellar achievements that will amount to his father, considering that he has achieved incredible feats at a young age. The actor is very active on social media and engages his followers all the time.
With over 1 million followers on Instagram, Yul always keeps his fans intrigued as he always gives his opinions on topical issues bothering the country, even the most sensitive ones. He has also gone from acting to other business endeavors. Like his father, Yul got married at the age of 22. He is married to May AligweYul-Edochie.
Their union is blessed with four children (Three boys and one girl), namely Victory, Karl, Dani, and Kambi Yul-Edochie. Almost everyone has a tangible detail about his family as the actor always talks about them on social media. A simple glance at his social media pages, especially Instagram, will tell you how attached he is to his beautiful family and what a wonderful dad he is.
Pete Edochie Has A Daughter
The name of Pete’s only daughter is something that the media is yet to have their grips on. Absolutely nothing is known about her except for a family picture that shows her smiling face. We know Pete has a daughter, but nothing is known regarding her birth date, name, or marital status.
More so, we cannot ascertain what she does for a living, unlike her brothers, who have one or two things about them known to the public. But after several questions asked, it is believed that Pete Edochie’s daughter is the fifth child of the actor. This means that she is an older sister to Yul and a younger sister to Gene and the other sons of the actor.
For His Amazing Works, Pete Edochie’s Family Have Become Endearing Public Figures
Pete Edochie started as a radio broadcaster and then moved into movies fully after his role in Things Fall Apart. The film, which was an adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s classic best-selling novel, ‘Things Fall Apart,’ paved the way for greater things for the actor. Pete played the role of Okonkwo – a warrior and clan leader. His outstanding portrayal of Okonkwo had caught international attention; in fact, the BBC came to Nigeria and interviewed the actor.
Since Things Fall Apart, it has been a journey of achievements for the actor. Pete is a well-known actor and has over 200 movies to his name. In June 2020, he was honored with the African Film Legend award at the African Film Festival, TAFF, held in Dallas, US. That same year, he played the lead role in the controversial movie “Fatal Arrogance,” a movie based on the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites.
The movie portrayed the concerns over security and religious issues that have bedeviled Nigerian society. However, the filmmakers were accused of portraying the organization as a terrorist group in the movie. But Pete maintained that the movie producers should not be held responsible for the controversies generated. The veteran actor is an inspiration and a role model as a father, actor, elder, and statesman par excellence.
It may not necessarily be because some of his children are in the limelight, but Pete Edochie’s family is one of the most popular celebrity families in Nigeria. They are loved by many and have only attracted love and more love from fans and the public at large. To emphasize this is the weird incident when the veteran actor was kidnapped in 2009 but was returned unharmed shortly after by his abductors. According to rumors, the abductors released him upon knowing who he was.