Isiya Salihu Shinkafi was born in Shinkafi town, Zamfarastate, in Northern Nigeria on 30th October 1978. He completed his primary school in Shinkafi town primary school, his secondary school at Sultan Abubakar College Sokoto and a graduate of Tourism Management from Kaduna Polytechnic in 2002 with additional post-graduate diplomas in International Relations and Diplomacy, and Criminology in 2006 and 2009 respectively from Kaduna Polytechnic. He started working with Federal Polytechnic Kaura-Namoda Zamfara State Nigeria as Senior Instructor (Academic) from Sept 2010 until 2018. In 2018 started his Masters Program in Tourism and Hotel Management at the Faculty of Tourism, Near East University. He is married with two children.