Karima was born in Dunedin but grew up primarily in Gore where he attended St Peter’s College.

It was there that he developed an early interest in mass media and after finishing high school, travelled north to Victoria University of Wellington where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in film and music.

He moved to Auckland shortly after and joined the Tagata Pasifika team in 2012 as an intern.

 Karima is of Samoan descent from the villages of Magiagi and Vailima.