A Nigerian man has called out legendary actor, Pete Edochie for disrespecting the Ooni of Ife at an event.
Tontrends reported that the Ooni of Ife and Pete Edochie had attended the 40th birthday party of Elizabeth Jack Rich.
In a video making rounds on the internet, Pete Edochie could be seen entering the party venue with actor, Kanayo Kanayo, who drew his attention to the Ooni.
Pete Edochie walked up to the Ooni’s table to exchange pleasantries with him.
In the short clip, Pete Edochie could be seen giving the Monarch a handshake rather than a bow.
The Ooni of Ife 🤝 Chief Pete Edochie. 😊 pic.twitter.com/15u4EBKzVz
— Nwoke Agulu (Anyafurugo 🦅) (@OkoyeCardinal) May 24, 2023
This is wrong but I won’t stress it…. I let it slide!
— Otunba GCFRN (@beninghone) May 24, 2023
A Twitter user who found this disrespectful to the monarch, took to the micro-blogging platform to call out the Ooni, calling his action wrong.
“This is worth but I won’t stress it… I let it slide!”.
Coming to Pete Edochie’s defense, many questioned why a title Chief like Pete Edochie would bow to the Ooni.
One Dr. Penking wrote, “I see people having seizures because Pete Edochie shook hands with Ooni of Ife instead of bowing. Let me shed some light. Pete Edochie holds one of the highest traditional titles in Igbo land. A titled Igbo man must never bend his knee to any other apart from his Chi.
One Michelle Dera questioned if Pete Edochie was supposed to do a backflip to greet him. “Okay him for do backflip great am na”, she wrote
One Petit Uriee wrote, “Remove tr!be sef u expect that aged man to bow for his mate cuz he’s the Ooni Omo una go carry this respect thing far Abi
One Nancwat wrote, “Small children go feel like say them know tradition pass old men. Pete Edochie na small man weh no go know the tradition. If e shake am then there is a reason. Lots of these old men value respect and tradition 100%”.