Alhaji Baba Shettima was born in Potiskum, Yobe State, on October 1, 1946. He attended Central Primary School Potiskum from 1953- 1959 and Barewa College Zaria where he took Photography as a hobby in 1960. He was employed by the Former Northern Nigeria Government as a Photographic Assistant in 1965, and retired as the Federal Chief Photographer in 2000 after serving the nation for 35 years meritoriously.
He attended a two year course in General Photography at Kitson College of Technology Leeds England and a three month course in the Management of Photographic Establishments in London in 1970 and 1980 respectively. He is member of the Royal Photographic Society (which Her Majesty the Queen is the grand patron) and Master Photographers Association of the UK.
He has held several exhibitions in Nigeria and the United Kingdom among which are:
1.Photograph exhibition for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 on her 1956 visit to Nigeria.
2.Photograph exhibition for the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in 2006 of his activities as the Military Head of State, 1976-1979 as part of activities marking his 69th birthday.
3.The only Nigerian photographer to hold three exhibitions simultaneously as part of the 50th independence anniversary sponsored by the Federal Government of Nigeria in Abuja, Lagos State Government in Lagos and by the Nigerians in diaspora in London which was attended by the Vice President of Nigeria, Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, GCON.