Late. Prof. (Mrs.) Cordelia Ainenehi Agbebaku was born in January, 1961 in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State. She attended Ukpughele Primary School, Ekpoma and Our Lady of Lourdes Grammar School, Uromi where she obtained her First School Leaving Certificate and West African School Certificate in 1972 and 1977 respectively. She was one of the pioneer students admitted to read Law in the then Bendel State University now Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in 1981 and graduated in 1985 with the LL.B. degree as the best graduating female student. She, thereafter, proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos between 1985 and 1986 where she bagged her B.L. degree. In quest for a post-graduate education, Late Prof. (Mrs.) Agbebaku pursued and bagged her Master degree in Law (LL.M.) at the Bendel State University, Ekpoma now Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in 1989.
She started her working career as an Assistant Lecturer in 1987 in the Faculty of Law of this University. She rose through the ranks to the position of Professor in 2003. She was appointed Associate Professor of Law by Igbinedion University, Okada in 1999, and finally rose to the Professorial position in 2003. She was appointed the Acting Vice-Chancellor of this University on 2nd May, 2011 while serving as the Dean of Faculty of Law.
late Prof. (Mrs.) Agbebaku has veritable wealth of experience both in administrative and editorial matters.
She is an erudite scholar and distinguished academic who has many publications to her credit.
She was a pace-setter and has knack for being the best and first in almost everything. For example she was the most senior female Professor of this University, first female Acting Vice-Chancellor from the Faculty of Law and first female substantive Vice-Chancellor of this University as well as the first alumna of this University to be appointed as an Acting and substantive Vice-Chancellor.
As a distinguished academic of international standing, she has to her credit numerous publications in national and international journals. She had travelled locally and internationally presenting academic papers in reputable academic fora.
late. Prof. (Mrs.) C.A. Agbebaku was a socialite and a good mixer who creates time in spite of her busy schedule to serve our creator, the Almighty God. She is a Knight of St. John, a member of the Catholic Diocesan Justice Development and Peace Committee (JDPC), member of the Committee for the Welfare of Widows and a Legal Adviser to the Catholic Women Organization.
late. Prof. (Mrs.) C.A. Agbebaku was a woman of cardinal virtues, honour, cool and calculating, fair but very firm. These attributes she brought to bear on her responsibility as the Ag. Vice-Chancellor of our University. Indeed, she proved herself to be an astute administrator and a strategist.
In confirming her appointment as the substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University, the former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole has this to say: “we are confirming her as the Vice-Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University; I believe she brought some stability to the institution. They tried to politicize the whole thing by bringing ethnicity into it, but Edo State will be driven by merit because she was recognize merit”.
late Prof. (Mrs.) Agbebaku was happily married to Prof. Phillip E. Agbebaku of the Department of Political Science, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and they are blessed with beautiful children.