Sugabelly, controversial Nigerian blogger and illustrator, has stirred up a hornets’ nest on the country’s Twittersphere after she described Pete Edochie, veteran Nollywood actor, as a “really bad actor”.
Sugabelly had first made the headlines in 2015, after she celebrated the death of Abubakar Audu, the former governorship candidate of Kogi state.
In a lengthy post titled — ‘The Man Who Raped Me Died Yesterday And This Is How I Feel’ — she had recounted her ordeal with the family of the late politician, where she also claimed that his son had sexually assaulted her at 17, and it had gotten many talking on social media platforms.
But on Wednesday, the illustrator, who has been away from the news, took to her Twitter page to question the acting versatility of the 72-year-old movie star, saying that “he has been playing the same role all his life”.
“Pete Edochie is a really bad actor. He’s been playing the same role his entire life,” she wrote.
“Acting isn’t quoting proverbs. But Nigerians live and die by seniority so the older he gets, the less anybody is able to point this glaring elephant in the room out.”
Pete Edochie is a really bad actor.
He's been playing the same role his entire life.
Acting isn't quoting proverbs.
But Nigerians live and die by seniority so the older he gets, the less anybody is able to point this glaring elephant in the room out.
— Oscar Winner Sugabelly 🌕 (@sugabelly) November 6, 2019
She also extended her criticism to Joke Silva, who she said “overacts” in her movies.
“Joke Silva is a pretty good actress but she overacts a lot. Not through her movements but through her voice. She always sounds as if she’s reciting Shakespeare when she’s meant to be chatting with her adult child at breakfast. Also, she doesn’t have much variation in roles,” she wrote.
Joke Silva is a pretty good actress but she overacts a lot.
Not through her movements but through her voice.
She always sounds as if she's reciting Shakespeare when she's meant to be chatting with her adult child at breakfast.
Also, she doesn't have much variation in roles.
— Oscar Winner Sugabelly 🌕 (@sugabelly) November 6, 2019
Her opinion has however, opened the floodgates of backlashes on Twitter.
“Sugabelly said Pete Edochie is a bad actor.. wait, are u expecting him to act like Aki n paw paw. Everyone has their role in the movie industry just like Morgan Freeman, Jackie Chan and others.. Just f offf and stop creating unnecessary clout!,” said a user.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
Sugabelly said Pete Edochie is a bad actor.. wait, are u expecting him to act like Aki n paw paw. Everyone has their role in the movie industry just like Morgan Freeman, Jackie Chan and others.. Just f offf and stop creating unnecessary clout! 😤
— Queen Viva 💕 (@TheBaeTwits) November 6, 2019
Pete Edochie has used his acting skills to connect so much that he's identified with quoting Proverbs. Same way Patience Ozonkwor being evil has eaten us up to the extent that once you see her on the screen, the evil role comes to mind.
How else can one describe a good actor?
— Pablo Noser (@pablobignose) November 6, 2019
Someone tried to disrespect Pete Edochie this morning. Someone said he can’t act .
— #Young_billionaire💰💵💲🚨 (@OFFICIAL_JERRRY) November 6, 2019
"Pete Edochie" after hearing is acting is being criticized. pic.twitter.com/l68PBv2y6G
— ➡️THE €DO BO¥ πEt-DoOr🇳🇬 (@Evans_alex27) November 6, 2019
The fact that Pete Edochie tends to be typecast as the wise old King/Chief in most Nollywood flicks doesn't necessarily make him a bad actor.
Samuel L. Jackson is one of Hollywood's most typecast actors and the man has an Oscar nomination.
Sugabelly is just being sugabelly.
— Adunni Adaora Achebe (@Adunni_Achebe) November 6, 2019
Someone is getting jealous of Pete Edochie. Well, Love and Hate are both sides of the same point. Jealousy bred hatred, hatred travels fast but jealously overtakes it.
— 🇳🇬ZOBA🇳🇬 (@realchizoba) November 6, 2019
This is why I don't respond to everybody's tweet here.
Your chief feminist here just said Pete Edochie is a lazy and talentless actor.
— the Morris Monye factor (@Morris_Monye) November 6, 2019
When you are a Giraffe and you receive criticism from Turtles, they are reporting the view from the level they are on. Don't let it freak you.
Pete Edochie started his acting career 1980. He has played Uncle, Herbalist, King, Ritualist, CEO, Advocate, wait how old are you again? https://t.co/OAiX91MJKU
— Incomplete Astronaut Ⓜ 👨🏽🚀 ✈ 🛩️ (@AimThaMachine_) November 6, 2019
Pete Edochie have acted numerous roles in movies
As a Rev Father
As a King
As a Policeman
As a Chief Priest & many more
Holds the record of Nigerian actor with most movies & roles!
An intellectual juggernaut!
But click bait blogger will wake up & tweet sh!!
Ndi Ara Ndi Ara!
— Zoba K Yamah (@UtdChi) November 6, 2019
How do you sit and decide to boldly say Pete Edochie is a bad actor. Is it crack? What is wrong with people on this app. He plays one role yen yen yen, did you ever watch "Things fall apart"? Do you know how he bodied the role of "okonkwo". Just Take several seats
— oluchi (@Adadollarz) November 6, 2019
Pete Edochie is not a good actor? No wahala. In a few decades, all the people and things you rated will be questioned too. Na so life be.
— Deji Faremi (@deejayfaremi) November 6, 2019
Like which other role in this world do u expect Pete Edochie to cast in?
God of Hercules?
Wtf is all this clout chasing for na
— KHAL BUSSIE (@iam_bussie) November 6, 2019
Pete Edochie being a bad actor is not what I expected to see at this time
— Yaga Corazon (@Worrido_SK) November 6, 2019
Pete Edochie has played Roles of a King, Chief, Herbalist, Ritualist, Villain, Saviour, etc & he has played them well. He gets paid to act his best role tho & I don't know how that makes him a bad actor but the Person who said it is Sugabelly so it doesn't Count 🤷♂️
— King Nonny 👑 (@Zaddy_nomso) November 6, 2019
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