Kashim Shettima is the current Governor of Borno state, he was born on 2 September 1966 in Maiduguri, Borno State. He attended Government Community Secondary School, Biu (1978–1980) and then attended Government Science Secondary School Potiskum, Yobe State (1980-1983)
He studied Agricultural Economics at the University of Maiduguri, graduating in 1989. He then attended the University of Ibadan (1990-1991), gaining a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics. he was a lecturer in Agricultural Economics at the University of Maiduguri From 1991 to 1993.
Shettima worked with the Commercial Bank of Africa as an Agricultural Economist at its Ikeja Office, Lagos State (1993-1997). He then became a deputy manager, later manager, at the African International Bank Limited, Kaduna Branch (1997–2001), and was appointed Deputy Manager/Branch Head of the Zenith Bank's Maiduguri Office in 2001, becoming General Manager five years later.
In mid-2007, Shettima was appointed Commissioner of the Borno State Ministry of Finance and Economic Development..Later he became Commissioner in the Ministries of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Education, Agriculture and later Health under his predecessor as Borno Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.
In the January 2011 ANPP primaries, Engineer Modu Fannami Gubio was selected as candidate for the governorship. However, Gubio was later shot dead by gunmen, and Shettima was selected in a second primary in February 2011. In the 26 April 2011 elections, Shettima won with 531,147 votes while the People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Muhammed Goni, gained 450,140 votes.
He was elected Governor of Borno State on 26 April 2011 national elections, running on the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) platform. now part of the main opposition bloc, APC