Bwanashamba used to live with his mother in a mud hut – his father left home many years ago. His mother left home in 2011, and left Bwanashamba behind. He has two brothers and three sisters – he is the eldest.
Bwanashamba started Einoti Secondary School in January 2009. He completed his final year in November 2012, and started a two-year residential course at Arusha Vocational Training College in January 2014, leading eventually to a Level II National Vocational Certificate . At the completion of the course, he undertook a driving course, and passed his test in December 2015. He is being sponsored by Liz. Openshaw, a former member of staff at St. Patrick’s School, Thornaby, and her husband Paul.