James studied at Tumaini University College of Iringa. He finished Form 6 at Ocean Secondary School and is awaiting his national exam results. He finished Form 4 in 2008 with a 25 (Division III), placing 7th in his school. He is an orphan from Namkomolela village. In addition to his studies, he enjoys playing soccer. Between Form 4 and Form 5 he was working as a volunteer teacher at Lyenje Secondary School to earn money to pay for his further education.