Rita Edochie Biography: Age, Children, Net Worth, Instagram, Family, Husband, Movie & TV Shows, Nationality

February 27, 2024 0 Posted By Johnson Ajiboye

Rita Edochie is a renowned Nigerian actress, television personality, and politician. She has been in the Nollywood industry for over two decades, starring in over 200 movies and winning several awards.

She is also the wife of Tony Edochie, the younger brother of the legendary actor Pete Edochie. She is known for her versatile and stellar roles.


  • Full name: Rita Edochie
  • Date of birth: April 16, 1964
  • Age: 60 years old
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of birth: Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Profession: Actress, television personality, politician
  • Height: 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm)
  • Parents: Mr and Mrs Okwudili
  • Siblings: Augustine Okwudili (brother), Nnoyelum Okwudili Odogwu (sister, deceased)
  • Spouse: Tony Edochie
  • Children: Great Valentine Edochie, Nkiru Judith Ibekwe-Edochie, Amanda Maria Abraham-Edochie, Rondy Peters Edochie
  • Relationship status: Married
  • Net worth: $1.5 million

Early Life & Education

Rita Edochie was born on April 16, 1964, in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria, and will turn 60. She is the second child of Mr and Mrs Okwudili, who were traders.

She has a brother named Augustine Okwudili and a sister named Nnoyelum Okwudili Odogwu, who passed away in 2015. She is from the Igbo tribe and precisely from Anambra State, the Southeast of Nigeria.

She attended St John’s Primary School and All Saints Secondary School in Onitsha, where she completed her primary and secondary education.

She then proceeded to Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Communication.

Personal Life

Rita Edochie is married to Tony Edochie, the younger brother of the legendary Nollywood actor Pete Edochie.

They have been married for over 30 years and have four children: Great Valentine Edochie, Nkiru Judith Ibekwe-Edochie, Amanda Maria Abraham-Edochie, and Rondy Peters Edochie.

Tony Edochie is a businessman and a former radio presenter. Rita Edochie’s children are also involved in the entertainment industry, especially her first son, Great Valentine, who is a Nollywood actor.

Rita Edochie is a Christian and a member of the Catholic Church. She is also an ambassador for peace of the Universal Peace Federation, a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world of peace.

She has participated in several peace initiatives, such as the World Summit 2020 in South Korea, where she met with other world leaders and celebrities.


Rita Edochie started acting in the early 1990s after her husband’s brother, Pete Edochie, introduced her to the Nollywood industry. She debuted in the movie Waterloo, where she played the nurse role.

Since then, she has appeared in over 200 Nollywood movies, such as Abuja Boys, Censored Love, The Storm, The King and The Princess, The Last Burial, and many more. She has also featured in television shows like The Johnsons, Super Story, and Family Ties.

She is known for her versatile roles, ranging from comedy to drama, and her ability to portray different characters convincingly.

She has won several awards and nominations for her outstanding performances, such as the Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, the Best Actress in a Comedy at the City People Entertainment Awards, and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the African Film Festival.

She is also a politician and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party in Nigeria.

She contested for the House of Representatives seat for Onitsha North and South Federal Constituency in the 2019 general elections, but lost to the incumbent, Lynda Ikpeazu.

She has also been vocal about her support for the Biafra movement, a secessionist group that seeks to create an independent state for the Igbo people in Nigeria.


Rita Edochie has been involved in some controversies in her career and personal life.

Some of them are:

In 2017, she was accused of being involved in a sex scandal with a popular pastor, David Ibiyeomie, the founder of Salvation Ministries. She denied the allegation and threatened to sue the accuser, a blogger named Kemi Olunloyo, for defamation.

She also claimed that the pastor was her spiritual father and mentor and that she had nothing to do with him romantically.

In 2020, she was criticized for refusing to forgive a young comedian, Ada Jesus, who had allegedly insulted her and her pastor, David Ibiyeomie, on social media.

Ada Jesus was diagnosed with kidney disease and sought forgiveness from Rita Edochie and the pastor. Still, Rita Edochie initially rejected her apology and said that she would die of her illness.

She later changed her mind and forgave her after the public and some celebrities pressured her. Ada Jesus eventually died of her illness in April 2021.

In 2021, she was slammed for supporting the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, whom the Nigerian government arrested for treason and terrorism. She posted a video on her Instagram page, praying for his release and calling him a prophet.

She also urged her followers to support the Biafra movement and reject the Nigerian government. She received a lot of backlash from some Nigerians, who accused her of being unpatriotic and inciting violence.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @ritaedochie
  • Twitter handle: @ritaedochie


  • Waterloo
  • Abuja Boys
  • Censored Love
  • The Storm
  • The King and The Princess
  • The Last Burial
  • The Johnsons
  • Super Story
  • Family Ties
  • The Return of Ogidi
  • The Blind Orphan
  • The Ghost and The Tout
  • The Millions
  • The Enemy I Know
  • The Therapist

Net Worth

Rita Edochie is one of the most influential actresses in Nigeria.

She has amassed a fortune from her acting career and her other ventures, such as her clothing line. Her estimated net worth is $1.5 million.

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