Veteran Actor, Pete Edochie Laments High Divorce Rate In Nollywood

  • Worried almost all Nollywood  women are abandoning their marriages

Veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, has spoken out about the worrying high divorce rate in the acting industry, lamenting that almost all the women in Nollywood have abandoned their marriages hoping for the so-called greener pastures

Speaking in an interview with media personality, Chude Jideonwo, which was shared on Friday morning, Edochie said; “Many women in Nollywood at the time we started acting film, have all left their marriages”

The man, fondly called “Okonkwo” by his admirers, is concerned that many of the women decided out of their relationship thinking it is always greener on the other side.

Particularly expressing surprise at learning that his junior colleagues Chioma Chukwuka, Ireti Doyle, and Tonto Dikeh have all experienced alleged failed marriages, the veteran actor said regrettably many women are missing the core of marriage because it was always about commitment, regardless of the circumstances.

In the video interview that has gone viral, Chief Edochie, who was honoured with “Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003, said; “If you come to our Industry today, most of our ladies, who got married some two-three years ago, have all left their husbands. I was shocked that Chioma Chukwuka had left her husband, Ireti Doyle, Tonto Dikeh.

“You take a vow when you are going to get married for better or worse, not for better or out. You will always think it’s greener on the other side, that is the mistake we all make”.

Responding to a question on his preferred actress in the industry, the Anambra State indigene said; “Of all the ladies who have acted as daughters with me in films back then, I think Genevieve stands out. She is really a smart and exceptionally brilliant woman. She sees me as a father back then when we act in films. Although I haven’t heard from her lately, I have tried reaching her and I hope one day she calls me and says I’m okay.”

The veteran actor, who charged women and men to stay put in their marriages and stop moving from one place to another, emphasized the importance of marriage, saying; “It’s better or for worse, not for better for us”.

In the interview, Chief Edochie also spoke about his earlier years, while growing up, and when he decided to start acting in films. The seasoned administrator and broadcaster came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all-time best-selling novel, Things Fall Apart.

For a full interview click the link below

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