Professor Timothy Olatunji Sunday Kadeba was born at Ise-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. He began his secondary school education in Imade College, Owo where he obtained the West African School Certificate with Division One in 1962. Having passed the highly competitive concessional examination of the University of Ibadan, he was admitted to the premier institution in 1963. He studied Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and graduated with Second Class Honours degree in 1967. His other academic and professional qualifications include: University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA M.S. (Soil Science) 1973
International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands Post Graduate Diploma (Remote Sensing) 1985
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife: PhD (Soil Science & Plant Nutrition) 1987
Certificate on the use of radio-isotopes techniques in studies of soil/plant relations. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Vienna, 1978.
Certificate in Forest Administration and Management. The University of Michigan/USDA Forest Service, 1990.
Certificate in Remote Sensing Education for Educators. Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, Sweden, 1994.
Certificate in Experimental Design and Analysis in Agroforestry Research. International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya, 1994.