Yayah never knew his mother. He lives with his father who makes a living from being an Islamic Sheik. Yayah's father told him that his mother ran away to Guinea, a neighboring country to Sierra Leone, and was arrested in a vehicle she was traveling which was loaded with Cannabis to be smuggled out of the country.
According to his father, after her release, Yayah's mother never returned, as a result his father remarried. Yayah's stepmother dislikes he and his sister so much that she influenced his father to throw them out, which he did. Currently, Yayah lives with a neighbor and does not go to school but his great desire is to return to school.