Born on May 2, 1945, to the family of Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Elizabeth Agbi in Akure. He Attended L.A Primary School, Akure, L.A Modern School, Pro Agbi trained as a teacher at Government Teachers Training College Ilesha.
He taught briefly at the L.A Primary School, Akure and in 1966, he was transferred to the Community Primary School, Iju, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, where he was until he gained admission to the University of Ibadan in September 1967 to study history. On June and graduated with Second Class Upper Division and the Federal Government awarded him scholarship to study for his post-graduate degree at the University of Ibadan where he specialised in Diplomatic History, which was also regarded as International History. He got another scholarship to travel abroad. He eventually got both the Commonwealth and the Western Nigerian Government Scholarship to go to Birmingham in the United Kingdom and opted for the Western Nigerian Government scholarship because it was more attractive than the commonwealth scholarship in the sense that it allowed the recipient’s wife and children to get some allowances which the Commonwealth scholarship did not offer. Agbi returned to Nigeria in September 1976 to join the Department of History in the University of Ibadan where he rose to the position of a senior lecturer from 1976 to 1979. From the University of Ibadan, he moved to Ondo State University, now Ekiti State University, where he became a professor, head of the history department and later the Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
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