Posted in Faith, Features

Searching for Jesus, finding Krishna

It is Wednesday evening, at around 6:30 pm, and I am sitting on a small mat, my legs crossed into a tight knot. The large doors, the high ceiling and the artwork on the walls evoke a sacred, reverent feeling in me. I am caressing a set of beads between my fingers as I chant and sing just low enough not to disturb the woman seated next to me. She is also singing.

My story today begins where it will end: Inside the Hare Krishna Temple at Ngara, Nairobi.

My name is Jayne Adhiambo Opondo. I am 22, and I am a follower of Krishna. I know “Opondo” and “Krishna” in the same sentence sounds strange, because there is this strong stereotype that some religions belong to certain people.

In the same way people assume every Arab or Somali is a Muslim, the name Adhiambo Opondo is likely to have Christian, rather than Krishna, associations. So how did I end up here? Perhaps the best picture to illustrate the beginning of my journey is that of a box.

Read the full story here.

Author:

A human writes advocate. I am a Communications Specialist and the Co-founder/Director at Red Planet PR. I value good writing and I am keen on content development. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Nairobi but decided to pursue a career in Communications. I worked at Nation Media Group (4 years) as a journalist and special projects writer, and later on as the Content Lead (2 years) at Hill & Knowlton Strategies (WPP Scangroup).

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