Professor Agbaje is Director General of The Obafemi Awolowo Institute of Government and Public Policy (OAIPP), Lekki, in Lagos State. He is further the Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Leadership in Africa (Ibadan; Cambridge, UK; and Kansas), Corresponding Editor, Media, Culture and Society (London), Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of African Studies (Wilberforce, OH) and Studies in Politics and Society, Journal of the Nigerian Political Science Association, and Steering Committee member of the International Consortium for Development Partnerships (Dakar and Evanston, IL)
Professor Agbaje graduated from the University of Ibadan with a B.Sc. degree in Political Science, First Class Honours in 1979 and obtained an MSc. Degree in Mass Communication in 1981 from the University of Lagos. He furthered his postgraduate studies at the University of Ibadan, where he earned a Ph.D degree in Political Science in 1988. Between 1981 and 1984, Professor Agbaje served as a senior journalist with several media organizations, including The Punch (1981-1982), the New Agency of Nigeria (1982-1983), The Guardian (1983) and the Democrat (1983-1984).
He joined the services of the University of Ibadan in 1984 as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and was promoted Lecturer II in 1986, Lecturer I in 1989, Senior Lecturer in 1992, and Professor in 1998. Professor Agbaje has served on several University statutory bodies, including the University Senate (1994-1996, 1998 till date), the Appointments and Promotions Committee (2003-2005), the Finance Sub-Committee of the Development Committee (2003-2005) and the Development Committee (2003-2005). In addition, he was Dean at the Faculty of the Social Sciences (2003-2005), Visiting Commonwealth Fellow at the International Development Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford (1991-1992), and Visiting USIA Scholar, Trans-regional Centre for Democratic Studies (TCDS), Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, now New School University, New York (1998). He was Faculty Resource at Mellen University, Turks and Caicos Islands, the Caribbean, and Faculty Co-Chair for Session on Globalization, Democracy and Development at the University of Cape Town/New School. University Democracy and Diversity Institute for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellows, CapeTown (2000).
Professor Agbaje has further served as consultant and resource person to national and international bodies, including the Research Unit of The Guardian newspapers, the Presidency, the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME), Lagos, the National Planning Commission, the Federal Ministry for Solid Minerals Development, International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), ECOWAS, Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), South African Institute of International Affairs, African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Conflict (ACCORD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Associates in Rural Development/USAID, the International Republican Institute, and the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Nairobi, among others.
A member of the Visitation Panel to the University of Agriculture, Makurdi in 1999, he also served on the National Defence Policy Formulation Committee, Ministry of Defence (2000-2001), and has been Visiting Professor, National War College since 2001. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Goree Institute, Goree Island, Senegal, and was Chair of the Steering Committee (2000-2002) and General Co-editor (1999-2000) of the Nigeria Contact Group of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]