Why we named Farooq Oreagba, man of steeze at 2024 Ojude Oba Festival, culture ambassador – Obi Asika

NCAC DG Obi Asika

Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Obi Asika has named Farooq Oreagba, who stole the show at the 2024 Ojude Oba Festival, an honorary ambassador for the council.

Explaining why the council made the decision, Obi said in an Instagram post on Monday night, “I could not be happier to announce him as an Hon Ambassador for the national council for arts and culture @ncac_nigeria and celebrate him and his boundless energy and spirit.

“He is now the King of Steeze and brought global attention to #OjudeOba the key traditional festival of Ijebu Ode celebrating the Awujale.

“For at least the last decade he has been getting on his horse, dressed in magnificent asoke and representing his family and culture.

“We discussed what made this year different and why the reaction, was it the photographer, was it the festival or was it just God’s time, I believe it was just meant to be.

“My brother is a fighter, diagnosed with terminal cancer he has been fighting it for a decade and never been anything but positive.

“He has been an inspiration to we his friends and now we are sharing him to the world. He represents all that is good about Nigeria, pls celebrate him, a true Nigerian original!

“I know he is braver than almost anyone I know from the way he confronts his pain and has always repped naija since I have known him, Congrats again and thanks for all you do.”

At the 2024 Ojude Oba Festival, Ogun State-born Oreagba stood out for his striking appearance and compelling personal story, as his unique fashion style stole the show.

He inadvertently became ‘the face of the festival’ as he made a grand entrance at the festival on a decorated horse, dressed in a green and lemon agbada with a matching cap.

Oreagba, a cancer survivor, exuded elegance and style, as he adorned himself with red coral beads, and a gold crossbody chain, with tattoos, a big tobacco pipe, an Apple wristwatch, and stylish sunglasses.