Jun 24, 2024 | Entertainment, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Written By Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo

– A trending reflection of social media enthusiasts beyond the celebrated curiosity and fanfare at Ojude-Oba

The celebrated frenzy surrounding the compelling and fashionable appearance of Mr Farooq Oreagba at the Ojude-Oba; an annual cultural celebration by natives of Ijebu-Ode recently, is one to be remembered for many reasons.

The singular posture of the man who had been imagined as the most fashionable item by social media enthusiasts arguably had stolen the traditional glamour away from the various age groups’ colourful apparel at Ojude-Oba.

The frenzy in total, is quite bemusing for Netizens to become curious about the man Farooq Oreagba’s ‘One Man’ show in Ijebul-Ode!

Perhaps allow my intuition to pay wholesome respect to the name Farooq Oreagba. He is a man with a remarkable and enviable resume in the global finance sector.

A cancer survivor, who was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in February 2014, and yet he survived. This miraculous feat made him to inspire cancer patients and their families with his counsel.

For Mr. Oreagba, his appearance at Ojude-Oba contrasts his appreciable professional stature as a financial expert in the banking sector with years of experience. 

He was simply mesmerising the black version of the legendary Klint Eastwood in the famed 1966 Alberto Grimaldi’s Western movie; ‘The Good, The Bad, and Ugly’, with his audacious display of tobacco hanging brazenly by the side of his mouth on that horse ride at Ojude-Oba!

Taking a cue from this celebrated curiosity which had generated many fairy tale storylines from star-struck online netizens, Mr Oreagba is one to be described as living his life with pomp and pageantry. 

His private space has become a wishful Disneyland, and perhaps online play mode in the minds of female brethren.

Their sudden acceptance and high regard for tattoo-wearing hot-looking Oreagba is a sharp exception to the rule in their preference for what public standards should be.

What’s with his facial expressions hooded behind a dark sunshade on that horse ride that was so uniquely grandstanding from among over two thousand participants at the Ojude-Oba?

His bespoke Aso-oke, colourfully and tastefully embroidered, sat impressively on his light-skinned body as he rode with a wicked grin under the less scorchy sun before Awujale of Ijebuland, His Royal Majesty Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona.

One can understand the merry excitement of some wishful ladies about Mr Oreagba’s tattoo; judging by the visual representation it conveys in the eyes of the beholder. These ladies have been rendered powerless in their imaginations by this tattoo, and perhaps they should enjoy their fantasies, but not beyond the keypad of their mobile handphones and computer desktops!

Unlike the usual fanfare associated with Ojude-Oba, Mr Oreagba is the showman for the 2024 episode on the third day of the Muslim’s Eid-Al- Udha celebration.  

His powerful storyline as a bone marrow cancer survivor in 2014 may have waited 10 years better, for all the spotlight and netizens’ attention it has got under the last 72 hours.

And while we ponder on the fact that Mr Oreagba’s accomplished professional resume did not hit the headline like it has got now, suggest the inevitable occurrence of the ‘man and the horse’ at Ojude-Oba some few days ago.

Indeed Mr Farooq Oreagba demonstrated a life in eldorado from a video footage in Ijebul-Ode, as he kept dancing away merrily with a bottle of beer in a simple underwear boxer and white singlet. But that larger-than-life display became a subject of discourse with his steeze on that horse ride and the trademark tobacco at the Ojude-Oba.

To our beautiful ladies, don’t drool further, this social media imagination will soon come to pass. 

For now, let the tattoo on Mr Farooq Oreagba’s arm rest for good!

Written By Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo

Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo is the editor at Project 3:16 Metro, an online news platform for rural and urban areas. He is also the Principal Partner and Editor-in-Chief at Project 3:16 Metro Newspaper. His youth advocacy and academic drive have made him discover the need to bridge the gap between youths, communities, and government institutions through his journal; Project 3:16 Metro. This he has also modified with the company’s website page,

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