He was born on the 10th of June, 2001 in Arua Regional Referral Hospital, Arua district. He was the second child born to Mr. and Mrs. Opito. He was 21 years at the time of his death.
After completing his Ordinary Level studies at St. Mary’s College, Kisubi, Joseph joined Vienna College, Namugongo for his Advanced Level studies, and thereafter enrolled at Monash University Malaysia for his undergraduate degree in Business and Commerce. He was in his second year at the time of his death.
Joseph was an avid debater, a skill set that saw him participate in the prestigious World Scholars Debate, a global team academic program in 2019. In that competition, Joseph won several medals and along with a few of his colleagues, qualified to take part at the next level of the event in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
A natural born creative, Joseph liked to draw, paint, design outfits, and compose music. His mentors considered him a maverick in art and fashion, with an imagination that simply blew you away.
In February 2022, Joseph achieved a golden 1st runner up in the MTN Pulse and Santa Anzo mentorship program about “My Uganda” Eco-sustainability. His outstanding outfits told strong stories about how we can use limited resources to create sustainable art.
Joseph’s singular vision was to create a global fashion brand and the choice of his undergraduate degree course was to equip him with the capability to translate his fashion skills and talent into a global fashion business.
At the time of his death, Joseph had established his own company, Oparel Design, where he was the CEO. In addition, he was a poet, a fashion blogger and a musician who had a number of products under development.
Joseph cared deeply about sustainability and believed in transforming second hand materials into premium fashion products in order to preserve the environment.
As a person, Joseph was a very kind, generous, friendly and compassionate young man who wanted to use his fashion and music talent to uplift young people who were struggling with lack of self-esteem, mental health and those who come from disadvantaged background.
Gifted with a beautiful mind, driven by lofty ambitions, and deeply passionate about his work, the sky was simply the limit for Joseph. But alas, Joseph Etii Opito passed away on Tuesday the 2nd of August, 2022 in Malaysia where he was studying at Monash University.
Joseph, you simply went too soon! You are gone but not forgotten. May your soul rest in eternal peace.
Burial will take place at their ancestral home in Lira on Saturday, 27th August 2022 at 02:00pm.
Informed are; Relatives, Friends and In-laws.