Farooq Oreagba, 2024 Ojude Oba’s ‘King of Steeze,’ Honored as Culture Ambassador

By  Omowumi Omotosho



At the 2024 Ojude Oba Festival, Farooq Oreagba, distinguished for his striking presence, has been appointed an Honorary Ambassador for the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC).

Oreagba, celebrated for his standout appearance in a vibrant green and yellow Asooke Agbada while elegantly mounted on horseback, captured widespread attention and earned the affectionate title ‘King of Steeze.’ His iconic image swiftly went viral, encapsulating the essence of the festival’s cultural grandeur.

Announcing the recognition, Director General of NCAC, Obi Asika took to social media, sharing the Certificate of Recognition presented to Oreagba.

He wrote: “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.”

The 2024 Ojude Oba Festival was a testament of glamour and glitz of Nigeria cultural heritage.

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