Uwae was born to a single mother. He grew up being taught alongside the other children of the village to fish. He was an excellent swimmer, but he was often determent to many of his peers. At the age of 5 he was the victim of a vicious retaliatory beating from his fellow villagers and he was left socially scarred, unable to to develop many of the skills and mannerisms required to live his life in his small town. Eventually, at the age of 9 he was again, the victim of an attempt on his life, which almost succeeded. He was lost at sea, and for all intents and purposes he was presumed dead by his "friends" and family. That is where is life ended in Somalia.
He spent 6 years at sea. A feat of survival astronomically improbable. The Arabian Sea's northern Gyre provided Uwae with small amounts of marine debris, which he used to help in his survival. Purely on instinct he lived his life at sea. Eventually, by an act of god, Uwae was found by Mongo Okeke and his pirate crew. At first they did not notice the boy, but as Uwae drifted past he was caught in a fishing net. The captain took pity on the boy, and despite his communication issues, they formed bond in which Mongo was a father figure of sorts to the boy.
He was never of much use, but over the years he fit in well, and considered the pirates his family. He was one of them, and as they traveled the seas, Uwae came with.