Former Nigerian Ambassador To Greece, Olu Agbi Slumps, Dies At 73.

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Former Nigerian Ambassador To Greece, Olu Agbi Slumps, Dies At 73.

A former Nigerian ambassador to Greece and Australia, Professor Olu Agbi is dead.

He died at the age of 73.

A family source told DAILY POST that Prof. Agbi died in the early hours of Wednesday after he slumped and was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where he gave up the ghost.

The source who pleaded anonymity said the former ambassador and one time Secretary to the Ondo State Government had been battling with kidney related problem.

He was one of the delegates at the just concluded Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, national convention held in Port Harcourt, Rivers state few days back.

Professor Olu Agbi who was also the Asiwaju of Akure Kingdom was born on May 2, 1945, to the family of Mr and Mrs Agbi in Akure, the Ondo State capital.


Professor Olu Agbi was born on May 2, 1945, to the family of Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Elizabeth Agbi in Akure. He went to L.A Primary School, Akure for his primary education in 1951, and by December 1957, he completed primary school education. He later proceeded to the L.A Modern School in 1958 for his secondary school education and was there for about three years before he went to the Government Teachers Training College, Ilesa for Grade Two Teachers’ Certificate and was there for another three years.

In 1965, 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. In June 1970, he graduated with Second Class Upper Division and the Federal Government gave him a scholarship for his post-graduate degree in the University of Ibadan.

However, when he went back to the school, he realised that the kind of specialisation he wanted was not being taught. He wanted to specialise in Diplomatic History, which was also regarded as International History. So, he had to get 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 upon arrival, he eventually 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.

He was in School of Modern History in Birmingham for four years before he returned to Nigeria in September 1976 to join the Department of History in the University of Ibadan where he later 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.

Professor Oludare Agbi was also an ambassador to Greece and Australia as well as former Secretary to Ondo State Government (SSG).

Professor Agbi, a PDP Chieftain became the Asiwaju of Akure Kingdom in 2016.



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