Nollywood star, Yul Edochie, is the last child of Nigerian movie legend, Pete Edochie. Yul has so far represented his father well by walking on his foot prints and carving a niche for himself as a great most sought after actor.
Unlike some other celebrities who are well known for their smoking habits both on and off set, Yul’s reserved nature has made him look like an actor that may not know how to hold a cigarette, let alone knowing how to puff it lie addicts.
But surprisingly, Nigeriafilms.com met the Anambra State born father of three in Festac Town recently and caught him smoking and probed to know the level of his addiction to tobacco, which has been said to be dangerous to the health.
Do you smoke?
Good question. Well I smoke but sometimes not always. Whenever I want to be alone to think about some things, I chill with cigarettes but I don’t dope or smoke weeds (marijuana); just cigarettes.
Why not weeds also?
No, it will never get to that extent. My father warned me that I can smoke but not weeds or drugs. You do a lot of crazy things under the influence of dope. It makes you act irrational and it kills the brain cells.
But do you also do more of alcohols?
Not much too. I just drink but I don’t drink to get drunk. May be a little bit tipsy, but never drunk.
Yul, whose full names are Chukwubuike Daniel Edochie was named ‘Yul’ by his father after an American actor. He also recalled how his growing up days was like with a famous father, Pete Edochie.
“Growing up was really good with him as a father. He is extremely very strict, but I thank God that He gave me a father like that. I couldn’t have wished for a better father. He is a strict Catholic, so a lot of things I know today I learnt because of my background. Like I told you, I would rather die than dope. Kill me but I won’t dope and that’s how my father is.
“My father made us to understand that it is better to have a good name. Good name will get you riches and everything you need. That’s the kind of family I was raised in and my mum too is very strict. There wasn’t much money then to throw around but we grew up loving God and one another,” he said.