Nowell was born in 1981 in Masvingo province he completed his education there before moving to Chitungwiza. In Chitungwiza he was introduced to Kennedy Musekiwa, a well-known first generation sculptor, who invited him to work with him as his assistant.
Musekiwa was a great inspiration and teacher to Nowell, who taught him the art of sculpting. After a few years of teaching Nowell started carving his own pieces in his own style but still inspired and influenced by his great master.
His works have been exhibited locally in Zimbabwe and Zambia, and included in collections in Europe, the USA and Asia.