The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has recognised Farooq Oreagba, the businessman who stole the show at the 2024 Ojude Oba Festival, as an honorary ambassador for the council.


Obi Asika, the director general of NCAC, announced the recognition on his Instagram page while displaying the certificate of recognition awarded to Oreagba.

“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 wrote.

“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.

Oreagba displaying the certificate of recognition awarded to him

“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.”


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Among the many eye-catching attendees at the Ojude Oba festival this year, Oreagba stole the show.

Clad in a flamboyant green and yellow Asooke Agbada, he rode majestically on horseback, a photo of which went viral and earned him the title “king of steeze”.



Oreagba was born in July 1966 in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun. He attended Ijebu-Ode Grammar School and is an alumnus of King’s College Lagos.

He earned a degree at Edward Greenes College, Oxford in London, and secured a Bachelor of Engineering, Combined Engineering Studies from Coventry University (from 1985 to 1989).

Oreagba has assumed several roles in the finance industry for over thirty years.


He was a member of the Derivatives Product Advisory Committee of the Nigerian Stock Exchange before taking on his current position as the managing director of NG Clearing Limited in 2023.

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