Joseph Olita, The Rise And Fall Of Idi Amin Film Actor Dies

By on June 4, 2014

Joseph Olita was a Kenyan actor who portrayed Idi Amin in the films Rise and Fall of Idi Amin and Mississippi Masala. He also played 1st Policeman in Sheena. Rise and fall of Idi Amin premiered in Kenya in 1981. The movie detailed the controversial actions and atrocities blamed on the former dictator of Uganda, after his violent rise to power in 1971 until his overthrow in 1979.

Joseph Olita died suddenly at his rural home in South East Alego at Kogelo on Sunday morning hours after the funeral of his mother. A close relative Risper Odero said he succumbed to high blood pressure which worsened after his mother’s burial on Saturday. Olita had returned from Uganda, where he has been living, last week to bury his mother. Ms Odero said Olita’s death was a big blow to the family coming less than 24 hours after the burial of his mother. A funeral committee has been set up in his home village chaired by the South Alego Ward representative Joshua Osuri. The towering man, who during his prime stood at six feet 5.5 inches and weighed 150kg, bore a striking to resemblance to the late Idi Amin.

Olita will be remembered as one of Kenya’s outstanding film stars for not only his sterling role Rise and Fall of Idi Amin, but also in other movies that he featured in prominently.


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