Born in Dar es Salaam in 1962, Ernest spent his childhood in Ibadan, Nigeria, before moving to the UK to complete his education. He has a BA (Hons) degree from Manchester University and a DipArch with Distinction from Brighton. Ernest is a registered architect in the UK and in Spain. He currently divides his time between Lagos, where he is managing various large scale projects, and Spain, where he has his wife and two boys.