Jani was born in 1973 in Pretoria, South Africa from a South African Mother and Zimbabwean father. He moved to Zimbabwe, shortly after his birth to get away from the apartheid regime but later returned to South Africa. Jani started making art in 1995 in Pretoria. He was doing panel beating, but the company went bankrupt. His boss, saw that he had a skill in working with metal, and suggested that he started making Art. Jani saw that this could be a way for him to support his family. He now works with recycled metal sheets that he buys in scrap yards, sculpting it into figures and animals in his unique style.