Farah Nur was born in Belet Weine and raised in Mogadishu, Somalia, and he is British by naturalisation. He attended Lafole College of Education, majoring in English and history. Farah worked as a primary and secondary school teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, as well as vice principal of a secondary school. However, after more than 10 years of teaching, he won a scholarship to Moray House College of Education (Scotland) where he did postgraduate diploma in linguistics and English language teaching. Then he went to Robert Gordon University and Strathclyde University where he studied postgraduate and MSc courses in library and information science, respectively. After the completion of the above courses, he worked in the Gambia, Uganda, and London as a college and school librarian. He also worked in London and Sweden as an assistant teacher and now he is a lecturer in one of Somalia's universities.