Yul Edochie is one of the top actors in Nigeria who took the movie industry by storm with his perfect blend of good looks and top-notch acting. He is also the son of veteran actor Pete Edochie who ruled the 80s down to the 90s. Yul has managed to make a name for himself, proving that he is not famous just because of his father but also of his own right. Here are some interesting facts about him.
Popularly known simply as Yul Edochie, Yul Chibuike Daniel Edochie is the son of a well-known Nigerian actor, Pete Edochie. He was born on 7 January 1982 and is also a successful actor in his own right in the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood. Yul Edochie, the last of six children, was raised both in Lagos and Enugu.
He began the journey of his education at Lillian’s Day Nursery School and Robinson Street Primary School, Enugu between 1984 and 1992. His secondary education began from 1992 to 1998 within which he attended Marist Brothers’ Juniorate, Uturu; University Secondary School, Enugu; Ecumenical Community Secondary School, Enugu and New Haven Boys Secondary School Enugu Respectively. After that, Yul Edochie proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt, where he bagged a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts.
Mr. Yul Edochie joined Nollywood in 2005 in his first film titled “The Exquires” alongside the Late Justus Esiri and Enebeli Elebuwa. He got his break in 2007 after featuring in the movie “Wind of Glory” alongside Genevieve Nnaji and Desmond Elliot.
Yul Edochie Academy
Nollywood actor Yul Edochie launched his own film academy, Yul Edochie Academy in 2015. The actor launched his Academy as a subsidiary of Yul Edochie Arts World. Founded in 2015 by the filmmaker, the academy was established in line with the vision of the filmmaker, to build an army of well-grounded, focused and professional actors and actresses, whom he can mentor and steer to greatness.
The academy, as stated by Yul Edochie, is supposed to train the next generation of Nollywood actors and actresses, a duty which he intends to personally see to. Also, the academy gives talented people the opportunity to be introduced to the Nigerian Film Industry.
Family: Mother And Brother
Previously, there was a misconception that Rita Edochie (another popular actress in Nollywood) was Yul’s mother. However, Rita is Yul’s aunty while Josephine Edochie is his mother. She worked in the broadcasting industry and it was there she met her husband “Pete Edochie.”
Though Yul has five other siblings (four brothers and a sister), one of his brothers “Linc Edochie” is also a Nollywood actor, writer and producer.
Family: Wife And Kids
Yul Edochie happened to break many hearts especially that of the young ladies when he announced that he was engaged and getting married to the love of his life “May Aligwe” who he dated for six years.
This was around the time he gained admission to the University of Port Harcourt and although he had nothing to offer at the time, she agreed to settle down with him. They thus tied the knot in 2004 when Yul was just 22 years old. Today, the couple is blessed with three children- two boys and a girl- and they all live a comfortable life.
Apart from his father, Yul listed people like Nonso Diobi, Ramsey Noah, Jim Iyke, Emeka Ike, Mike Ezuruonye, Charles Inojie, and Ejike Asiegbu, as the people who were his role models in the Nigerian movie industry. Then on the foreign scene, he lists some Hollywood artist like Al Pacino, Robert Deniro, among his icons.
In 2015, Yul got entangled in a very ugly scandal that really rocked the core of his career. On the 7th of April, 2015, Yul Edochie took to Twitter to tell the world about a gay man named Steven Ugochukwu, who wouldn’t let him be. In reaction, the alleged gay stalker opened up on so many details, sharing some supposed ‘evidence’ on Instagram to make his point.
He insisted he was in a gay relationship with Yul Edochie, and it started an uproar on social media until Yul had to solicit the help of his colleagues whom the stalker had also disturbed, to prove himself innocent.
It was a whole lot of drama!