Jonathan Tafreg was born in Mara, Tanzania, on October 4,1985. He graduated from Teofilo Kisanji University 2012-2015 in studies of Arts from the faculty of education where he was the president of the United Nations Chapter and Foreign Languages Club.
He later served as a college instructor and a secondary English language teacher before embarking on a serious arts business. He is a wizard when it comes to creative writing and music. He is well known by the stage name Jo Africa and mostly among colleagues, students and relatives as John Baraka, the acquired school name.
He married Rachel William in 2014. They have two sons, William 2015 and Brighton 2018.