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In Nollywood I’m his senior – Veteran actor, Kanayo claimed to senior Pete Edochie

Nigerian movie star, Kanayo O. Kanayo, has claimed to senior veteran actor, Pete Edochie in the domestic movie industry popularly called Nollywood.

Kanayo, whose real name is Anayo Modestus Onyekwere, made the claim in a recent video interview where he spoke on the history of the industry.

The 61-year-old thespian admitted that Edochie did the first cinematic motion picture which was ‘Things Fall Apart’ but noted that he was in Nollywood four years before Edochie made his debut.

Kanayo Pete Edochie

He said; “I cannot be written off the history or the story when it is told of Nollywood. You can’t take it away that Kenneth Nnebue made the first professionally made home video in 1992.

“You can’t take it away from those who took part in ‘Living in Bondage’, just like you can’t take it away from the fact that ‘Things Fall Apart’ which Pete Edochie took part in was not a home video. It was a cinema.

“So if you write a story now and say Pete Edochie is older than me in Nollywood, I will contest it because he came four years after. So in Nollywood I’m his senior. It is not a matter of biological age.

“So, when it comes to cinema, of course, then you start going to Baba Hubert Ogunde in 1940s or 1950s. This is history. History has no romanticism.”

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