By Lawrence Aluru Updated Tuesday, June 3rd 2014 at 09:39 GMT +3
The Late Joseph Olita in recent years(Photo:Standard/File)
Siaya, Kenya: The man who acted as former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada in the popular film Rise and Fall of Idi Amin has died at the age of 70. 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. He 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. 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. 'Idi Amin actor' passes on
Olita during the filming of The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (1981).
But apart from just acting in the Rise and Fall of Idi Amin, Olita also acted as Amin in another movie, Mississippi Masala in 1991. He also performed as the First Policeman in another movie, Sheena in 1984. Rise and Fall of Idi Amin was a co-production of the United Kingdom, Kenya and Nigeria, with most of filming done in Kenya. It was produced less than a year after Amin’s fall and was directed by Sharad Patel. Strangely, the man who even passers-by referred to as Idi Amin due to his resemblance to the late Ugandan had a burning desire to meet the real Idi Amin.