Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga – biography, net worth, Orthodox church, Cause of Death

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Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga has been the leader of Orthodox Churchof Kampala and All Uganda, in Central Africa under the Eastern Orthodox Church of Alexandria, until his death in September of 2021. His see was Kampala, with jurisdiction over all Uganda. This Church, numbering about 60,000 people dates back to the 1930s. Here is Metropolitan John Lwanga biography, net worth, wife, leadership, education.

Metropolitan John Lwanga Biography

The Orthodox church leader was born 18 July 1945 in the village Ddegeya, Uganda. Lwanga’s grandfather, was called Obadiah Basajjakitalo, was one of the two initial leaders of the Orthodox Church in Uganda along with Ruben Spartas Mukasa. Books say that, Jonah Lwanga was initiated to the leadership of this church by his grandfather.

Education Background

Jonah Lwanga went to school, attended all classes and he finally completed his general education in Bulemezi and Kyaddondo in Uganda (1952-1964).

Then, in 1964-1968 he studied at the Ecclesiastical School of Crete. In 1968-1978 he holds a degree in Theology and Philosophy from the University of Athens.

Priesthood Journey/Leadership

In 1979−1981, Metropolitan John Lwanga served as Secretary of the Orthodox Mission in Uganda. And on 1 May 1981, he was ordained a Deacon, in 1982 he was ordained a priest.

More about his priesthood journey, on 27 January 1992 he was ordained vicar Bishop of Bukoba. And on 12 May 1997 he was elected by the Holy Synod as Metropolitan of Kampala and All Uganda.


He has no records of having a wife nor children, but we shall unveil them when availed to us.

Net Worth

Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga has been a very wealthy man and his net worth is estimated to be around $5m- $10m. All Orthodox churches have been under him.

Cause of Death

Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga passed away on 5th September of 2021. His death was announced by officials in the Ugandan Orthodox Church. The cause of his death has not been clear yet.

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