John attended Lesiraa Primary School. His father has died, and his mother is a grass cutter. He lives with his mother and eight brothers and sisters.
John started Einoti Secondary School in January 2009.In July 2012 his mother moved to Tanga because of successive droughts, and John remained behind to continue his education. He has completed his secondary education, and in January 2014 he started a two-year residential course at Arusha Vocational Training College 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 Susan Crane, amember of staff at Acklam Grange School.