Yahaya studied at Moshi University College of Co-operative and Business Studies. He finished Form 6 at Ndanda Secondary School, where he studied HKL (History, Kiswahili, English). He was fourth in his school in 2008’s form four exams, with a division III of 23 points. His mother is a widow and depends on subsistence farming to support him and his younger siblings. He hopes to succeed in his education in order to secure a good job which will enable him to assist those in poverty. At his former school he was involved with student government and debate.