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How Cancer changed my view about life – Farooq Oreagba

Farooq Oreagba, the Managing Director of NG Clearing and a former member of the Derivatives Product Advisory Committee of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, has shared that being diagnosed with cancer was the best thing that happened to him, as it transformed his views about life.

He shared this while speaking at a morning show with the newsmen on Sunday, 23rd of June, 2294. Oreagba mentioned that although he is battling an incurable form of cancer known as multiple myeloma, he is passionate about giving hope to other cancer patients.

Oreagba who stole the show at the 2024, Ojude Oba – an annual celebration by the Ijebu people in Ogun state, said:

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“I’ve always been a bit of a controversial person, but we’ll not go into that. I think from the moment I was diagnosed with cancer in February 2014—it’s an incurable form of cancer—priorities changed.

“I’ll say this to somebody, and it’s going to sound ridiculous. I’m 58, and if I could live another 20 years, I’ll say being diagnosed with cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me. It changed 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. 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.

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“You don’t know how much time you’ve got; you line up your priorities. For me, it is family first because I don’t know how long I’m going to be around, but by God’s grace, I’m 10 years and counting, and since I’ve been crowned ‘king of steeze’, I’m not about to just go like that anytime soon.

“I’ve been counselling cancer patients for a while. I was diagnosed in February 2014. I had a bone marrow transplant in August 2014. I did chemotherapy every day, 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.

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“One thing I realised is that when I was a senior executive at the exchange in the early 2000, let’s say I had five million friends.

“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.” [CONTINUE READING HERE]>>>>



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