Dala was born in Jos, Nigeria, but moved to South Africa with his family and took up rugby at age 12. Eventually Dala would go on to represent KwaZulu-Natal provincial teams at various age-grade levels. Dala and his family would eventually move on to the city of North Battleford in Canada where his father, Gideon, sought job opportunities in the medical field. Dala later moved on to Saskatoon to pursue university education at the University of Saskatchewan. In Saskatoon Dala would go on to join local club side, Saskatoon Wild Oats.