The future Archbishop was born in Degeya in 1945 to an Orthodox family. Fr. Obadiah Kabanda Basajakitalo was his grandfather. From 1952 to 1964, he completed his general education in Bulemezi and Kyaddondo, Uganda and then departed that year to study at the Ecclesiastical School of Crete, until 1968. Immediately following graduation from the Ecclesiastical School he continued studies at the University of Athens, graduating in 1978 with a degree in Theology and Philosophy.
In 1981, he was ordained to the diaconate, followed the next year by ordination to the priesthood. He then served under Archbishop Anastasios (Yannoulatos) of Kenya as the dean of the Archbishop Makarios III Patriarchal Seminary. During this time, he was elevated to archimandrite. On January 27, 1992, he was consecrated Bishop of Bukoba. On May 12, 1997, he was elected by the Holy Synod as Archbishop of Kampala and All Uganda, succeeding Metropolitan Theodoros (Nankyamas).
During 1999, His Eminence Jonah made a lecture tour in the United States in which he described his experiences and struggles as a missionary in Uganda. He visited over 18 parishes throughout the United States.
|Bishop of Bukoba (Tanzania)|
|Archbishop of Kampala and All Uganda|