Nollywood actor and politician, Yul Edochie has taken time out to celebrate his father, the legendary Pete Edochie whom he described as strict to a fault. In an Instagram post, the younger Edochie recalls the iron hand which his father raised himself and his siblings.
According to him, those days as kids, when he and his siblings had malaria, his mum could spend so long petting and begging them to take their medication which was very bitter.
When that style no work, she’ll now send someone to go call Popsi. Omo, once my Dad comes into the room, standing at the door staring at you with his mean face and his belt in hand bros you go rush your drugs instantly and be happy after taking them.
And once he’s around you must take your drugs with water, no matter how bitter it is, no drink for you oo, just water. Popsi was strict to a fault. Him no get time to pet you oo. No-nonsense man. Those days we dey fear am oo. Now I appreciate him so much. He made us tough. Ebubedike 1 of Africa. I love this man. My man forever,” he wrote.
Born in 1947, Pete Edochie’s career started as a radio broadcaster in 1967 at the age of 20. However, his real claim to fame was in Chinua Achebe’s adaptation, ‘Things Fall Apart’ where he played the beloved villain, Okonkwo.
The role got him an International Award while the BBC flew to Nigeria to interview him for his role in the series.