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Cancer modified my view about life, says man who stole present at Ojude Oba competition

The Managing Director of NG Clearing and former Member of the Derivatives Product Advisory Committee of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Farooq Oreagba, has revealed that being identified with most cancers was one of the best factor that occurred to him because it modified his priorities in life.

Speaking on the Morning Show on Arise TV on Sunday, Oreagba, who stole the present on the 2024 Ijude Oba, an annual celebration by the Ijebu folks in Ogun State, talked about that though he’s battling an incurable type of most cancers, a number of myeloma, he’s captivated with giving hope to different most cancers sufferers.

Oreagba stated, “I’ve at all times been a little bit of a controversial particular person, however we’ll not go into that. I believe from the second I used to be identified with most cancers in February 2014—it’s an incurable type of most cancers—priorities modified.

“I’ll say this to any individual, and it’s going to sound ridiculous. I’m 58, and if I might dwell one other 20 years, I’ll say being identified with most cancers is one of the best factor that ever occurred to me. It adjustments my perspective on life. What I’m there for. I’m there for it.

“Counselling cancer patients, trying to improve access to better healthcare, I’ll do that all day long.”

He additionally talked about that he runs marathons to boost cash for most cancers charities, simply to provide folks hope.

“I got hope from places I least expected, and from some of those I expected, I got nothing. That’s life, and you learn your lessons,” he stated.

Oreagba additional spoke about how he has been capable of finding fulfilment and keep comfortable regardless of his well being standing.

He added, “You don’t know the way a lot time you’ve obtained; you line up your priorities. For me, it’s household first as a result of I don’t know the way lengthy I’m going to be round, however by God’s grace, I’m 10 years and counting, and since I’ve been topped ‘king of steeze’, I’m not about to simply go like that anytime quickly.

“I’ve been counselling most cancers sufferers for some time. I used to be identified in February 2014. I had a bone marrow transplant in August 2014. I did chemotherapy on daily basis, 21 days a month, for eight years.

“I don’t do chemotherapy anymore; I’m living my best life; I’m back working. That gives me a sense of fulfilment because people ask me why I am so happy. ‘I’m alive!’ And as long as you’re in the game, you can win the game; each day is a blessing.”

Oreagba additionally defined how being identified with most cancers decreased the variety of buddies he had.

He stated, “One factor I realised is that once I was a senior govt on the change within the early 2000, let’s say I had 5 million buddies.

“When I left the exchange in 2010, my five million friends went down to one million. When I was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, my one million went down to a hundred. That was a very important lesson; it’s important that you hold your friends close, keep your 10 toes down all the time, and be yourself.”

Speaking about his tattoos, he acknowledged that they held vital which means to him and that he had had them for years; therefore, they weren’t curated for the Ojude Oba occasion.

“People speak about my tattoos; I’ve had tats for years, and I’m very specific about them. I attempt to ensure that I don’t have a tattoo on my face and that my sleeves are down once I’m in company mode.

“Here’s the famous tattoo,” he stated, exhibiting his arm, “it says, ‘I live each day as if it were my last. So don’t choose me.’ That says, ‘Only God can judge me,’ he stated.

He additional defined that he has different tattoos for his children, some indicating the second when he had numerous buddies. “I’ve got ‘Ride or die.’ These were not curated; they’ve been there for years.”

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Discussing the significance of the Ojude Oba, Oreagba described it as a household custom spanning generations that showcases their heritage and id.

“Ojude Oba has advanced over time; I’ve been doing it for 15 years. Within my household, the Oreagba household, my grandfather was the primary rider going again to the Nineteen Sixties; he died in 1967, so we solely had one rider. My uncle took over, and he was the primary rider from ’67 to ’84.

“It’s a family affair; it’s not about one individual, and it’s a very expensive venture,” he stated.

He famous that he sees it as a unifying exercise that brings households collectively, including that preparations have begun for subsequent yr’s version of the occasion.

He defined, “It additionally brings households collectively since you might have one cousin who needs to journey however can’t afford a horse, and you might be all going to put on the identical outfit. You should be thoughtful of different folks, or you will need to help them.

“But for me, it’s just an expression of who I am. I didn’t choose the clothes; the family did. They’ve started arranging clothes now for what we will wear next year.”

At the occasion, totally different teams of individuals wore matching apparel, showcasing that they belonged to the identical affiliation. However, Oreagba acknowledged that he doesn’t belong to any group and that the one affiliation he belongs to pertaining to the festivity is the one created by the paramount ruler and the Awujale of Ijebuland.

He stated, “The solely group that I’m a member of is known as the Heritage Group, and it’s a bunch that was fashioned by Kabiyesi Awujale.

“I’m not a member of any ‘Egbe’; it is a heavy thing; you have to be back in Ijebu every weekend for meetings; and I have a primary job, which is important to me because that allows me to afford the medication that I have been using.”

Farooq Oreagba

He additionally gave credit score to the photographers for a way his photos from the occasion went viral, stating that it wasn’t deliberate that means.

“This is a total shock to me. I didn’t nail it; the cameraman nailed it,” he stated.

Oreagba added, “The solely factor that was curated is that it was two males on the entrance, and this time it was three. I used to be on the entrance.

“The outfits are chosen by relations. The entrance: I’m one among my grandfather’s oldest grandchildren, and in case you look intently, I’m one of many two light-skinned guys as effectively, however I look precisely like my grandfather. When we go away the palace, we go round city.  It’s normally an ideal feeling when folks see me they don’t know who I’m, however by taking a look at me, they simply know that I’m an Oreagba.

“My cousins and nephews want to throw horses up and down, but I’m too old for that; if I fall off, my cancer is bone cancer, and if I break a bone, it will never set properly.”

During the interview, he additionally described his unconventional dwelling association on the seaside in Lagos for 4 years, highlighting his dedication to dwelling life to the fullest regardless of challenges.

“What I did in my spare time up until last year was that I lived on the beach for four years. I lived in Lagos, on a beach, as my primary home for four years. I did not have a home in Lagos at all. I did not worry about security; I just lived my life,” he added.

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