Father Joe, as he is commonly called all over Waterloo, was born in the provinces (Makeni) where he spent all of his childhood. His father died during the civil war. He has two full sisters and four half-brothers.
He was going to school in Makeni and was forced to stop going because the caregiver also died. Joe remembered his mother lived in Waterloo, so he traveled there where he met with a priest who actually paid for his schooling. However, the priest moved so that was where his opportunity of going to school ended.
Joe is in Junior Senior Secondary III and attends Kemoh Sesay School.