Monya Farma was born in Panguma, Lower Bambara Chiefdom, Kenema District in April 1967. He was educated at the Njala University of Sierra Leone and furthered his studies at the Jordan Institution for Standards and Metrology, South Textile and Research Association and Industrial Technology Institute in Sri Lanka in 2004, 2005 and 2010 respectively.

Between 1987 and 1991, Farma worked as sample preparer at Sierra Rutile Mineral Analysis Laboratory for testing and showing the quality of the minerals and their deposits in the fields.

In 1996 he served the Freetown City Council at the Engineering and Social Development Section and from 1998 to 1999, Monya worked for the Finance and Trust Corporation as Senior Marketing and Public Relations Officer and eventually 2002 he was recruited as Scientific Officer at the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau. In 2010, Mr. Farma was promoted to Quality Manager of the Standards Bureau.