Roland Lawrence was born in Benin City, Edo State in Nigeria. He grew up there with the languages Edo (Bini), Pidgin and English. He attended primary and secondary school there before he came to Germany at the age of 26.
In Germany, Roland took German language courses up to intermediate level and then did his basic commercial training. After his apprenticeship, he worked as a buyer in an electrical components wholesale company in Düsseldorf and also took evening lectures in business administration at a Business School in Neuss.
Even during his language courses and training, Rowland interpreted for the private sector, government offices and authorities. His interest in interpreting and translation was strengthened by his communication with suppliers and customers from many nations, within the context of his activities as a buyer. He later made interpreting and translating his main profession as time progressed and was then sworn in and authorised by the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf as a translator and interpreter for the Edo (Bini) and English languages.