Nollywood celebrity Yul Edochie recently stated that he is no longer recognized just as Pete Edochie’s son due to his professional achievements.
He also surprised his admirers by revealing that he had considered dropping his surname, Edochie, in order to build a name for himself.
Yul, who made the revelation at Life Continental Beer’s socio-cultural discourse in Enugu with the subject “Bringing Home the Glory: A toast to Progress and Success,” claimed he auditioned for many roles from Enugu to Lagos without success in his early career.
“In 1998, I was accepted into the University of Port Harcourt. My father was already well-known in the sector at the time. I could have chosen any other course and grown under his tutelage. But initially, I chose to get a degree in Theatre Arts. I completed my National Youth Service Corps in 2004/2005 after graduating in 2003. I began hustling after that, and my journey began here in Enugu.
I used to take the night bus from Enugu to Lagos merely to go to few auditions that didn’t work out. They would not pick me, and I would return. Despite not being able to attend the auditions, I was grateful for being picked.
“I was aware that my father had carved out a niche for himself. However, I stated that I would not be riding under his wing. I’d come up with my own moniker. As a result, I gave myself some breathing room.
“At one point, I even stated that I was going to change my name and get rid of the Edochie. I wanted to remove it so that people would recognize me as Yul, a Theatre Arts graduate looking to establish a name for himself. I started from the beginning.
“I allowed myself ten years to see where I’d be at that time. (I told myself) This man (Pete) has built a reputation for himself; now it’s up to me to do the same. I believe I have accomplished this by God’s particular favour.
I’m no longer known as Pete Edochie’s son, sixteen years later. Yul Edochie is my name. In Nollywood, I excelled and continue to flourish.
“At the age of 35, I chose to run for governor of Anambra State in 2017.” I didn’t come out on top. But it’s all about getting started. I’ve already begun. I announced my desire to run for President of Nigeria in 2023 in 2021.
“I’m not here to campaign for anything. I’ve come to speak about Ndigbo’s perseverance, consistency, and progress. That is what ‘Life Is’ represents.”
Pete Edochie, Yul’s father and one of Nigeria’s most recognized veteran actors, who also appeared in the TVC, stated, “I am happy to be a part of Life Beer’s era-defining celebration of the East.”
No matter who we are or how far we travel in our search for success, the greatest reward is returning home to celebrate our victories and pave the path for others to follow in our footsteps.”