The famous legend and multi-award-winning actor, Pete Edochie, often referred to as the godfather of Nollywood, was in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, recently for a Nollywood event.
It was at this event that he was confronted with a question about joining his counterparts in politics.
"I don’t like politics. Number one, the kind of temperament that I have, I can’t succeed as a politician. Why? I can’t lie to you,” he said.
“When we were in elementary school, we were told that when 11 birds perch on an electric pole, if you shoot one, the rest would fly away. In politics, they will tell you that ‘shoot one, the rest would remain.”
“I can’t be a politician. I just can’t be. You know, it will be difficult for me to lie to anybody. And my father told me never to lie, no matter the situation. And I have many sons, so, I have to raise them like that. I can’t lie."
He admits to being a source of inspiration to his son, Yul Edochie, having a significant influence on him and who he has become today —a talented Nollywood superstar.
"I am not quite sure I played any major role in his blend of professionalism. Okay, let’s put it this way, perhaps I inspired him to do a course in Theatre Arts at UNIPORT. I didn’t force him; he chose it,” he said.
“He majored in Directing. But I told him ‘boy, listen, I am your father, and I am old in this business, being a Director will not explore your innate potentials to the full. You have a perfect voice, you are a brilliant young man, and you are good-looking, why don’t you go in front of the camera instead of going behind it? He did, and he still thanks me till tomorrow.”
"As a rule, I don’t make a choice for my children, whatever it is that you want to be; it’s all right by me.”
“Whenever they want to get married, bring the girl to the house, ‘Daddy, I want to marry this girl’, I say ‘go on’. That is the kind of role I play."