JLOF is named after Jeremiah Lucas Opira, who was born in the Kitgum district Uganda in 1933. During his political career he worked as, amongst other things, an expert for the Organization of African Unity during the Congo crisis and as a functional chief political adviser at the president’s office.
Through his unwavering integrity and courage, Opira accomplished much for Uganda before passing away in November 2000. As a father and feminist, he treated his sons and daughters equally. He fought against discrimination and fought for equal rights for all, including the right to education for everyone. JLOF now continues in the footsteps that Opira left behind. Through the foundation, his vision lives on. And not least, the memory of his great deeds lives on through us.