JOSEPH OLITA (ACTOR WHO PLAYED IDI AMIN) DIES AT THE AGE OF 70
Kenyas’ acting fraternity once again mourns as news of the death of Joseph Olita (70 years) became widespread. Standing 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 150kg in his prime, the Kenyan actor who portrayed Idi Amin in the films Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981) , as a policeman in ”Sheena- queen of the jungle” in 1984, Mississippi Masala (1991 Which also featured movie star Denzel Washington),in Maskani as the landlord and in Captain Of Nakara where he played Muntu’s father-law, will be remembered for his unique physique and his outstanding acting abilities.
He passed away Sunday morning due to high blood pressure. Olita had gone home last week to prepare for the burial of his mother when his blood pressure shot off the roof on Saturday evening.
He was a deeply spiritual man having attended Barding Secondary School and later proceeded to Yala Seminary School. He was working for USAID when the opportunity to act in the movie the rise and fall of Idi Amin presented itself. He has
Following the election of Barack Obama as first black president of United States of America in 2008, the actor founded a tour company named ”Kogelo gallamoro tours” which took opportunity of the foreign visitors who kept pouring into Obama’s ancestral home town, Kogelo.
This hero however did not live life as a king despite his acting prowess. He had been spotted a couple of times hawking DVDs of his break out movie “The rise and fall of IDI AMIN” in order to make ends meet. Giving a clear picture of what the film/acting industry in Kenya can lead some people to, in order to survive from it as a profession. "Money is not everything" he once said in an interview.
It is a tough industry indeed but great actors like Joseph Olita have done their part by putting Kenya on the map. He will forever be remembered as IDI AMIN based on the biographical film that details the controversial actions and atrocities of the former dictator of Uganda, Idi Amin Dada, during his violent rise to power in 1971 until his overthrow in 1979 as the result of the Uganda–Tanzania War. It was a co-production of the United Kingdom, Kenya and Nigeria, with most of filming done in Kenya, less than a year after Amin's downfall.
He is also featured in Jericho's hall of fame for mentoring the youth in Jericho.
R.I.P JOSEPH OLITA AND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY
Watch the feature below on Josephy Olita.
By Gerald Langiri