Dr. Mohamed Combo Kamanda was born at Largo Njasawabu, Kenema District in Eastern Sierra Leone. He attended the Holy Trinity Secondary, Islamic Secondary and Government Secondary Schools in Kenema. He studied English and Geography at Njala University College, USL, from where he graduated with B.A. Education (distinction in Teaching Practice).
From Southampton University in England, he obtained an MAEd degree in Language, Literature and Media Studies and later, a Ph.D. in Language-in-Education. He had taught courses in literature, linguistics and literature teaching methodology at the Department of Language Education, Njala University in Sierra Leone. He is Head of Keystage 3 English at Millbrook Community School in Southampton and has worked as a consultant for development education for the Africa Centre, Department of Peace Studies in Bradford University.