The Story Of Olajumoke Orisaguna; From Hawking Bread On The Street Of Lagos To A Model In A Twinkle Of An Eye

This is the most inspiring story i have read so far in the year
2016. Its incredible. If you never believed in miracle, then you
need to read Olajumoke’s story. This is how it all began few
days ago…
Renowned photographer, TY Bello was having a photo shoot
when this pretty unknown Agege bread seller walked by. And
yes, she walked by at the right time. She was photographed
in the ‘street shot’. Many people thought she was a model,
but her appearance on the photo was a pure coincidence.
After the photo shoot, TY Bello checked up on the photos in
her studio and she was surprised to see such a spectacular
beauty. She was marveled but there was no way to trace the
‘Agege’ bread seller #Chimo! she doesn’t even know her
name. She saw the star in her and launched a ‘manhunt’ to
track her down. TY Bello was determined to find and help her
kick start a modelling career. The photo viral on the internet.
Long story short, TY Bello narrated that after the manhunt, a
mallam led her to the studio that morning.
Her name is Olajumoke Orisaguna, a 27-year old bread seller
and mother of two young children.
Olajumoke on the cover of Thisday Style
TY Bello narrated:
Aso kan na ni mo wo kiri Lana‘.. Jumoke, the ‘model’ the
Internet had been searching for, speaks almost no English.
She explained how she had worn the exact outfit in our
photograph the day before and someone showed her her own
photograph on his phone from Facebook.
She narrated her journey to Lagos …A hair stylist from Ire in
Osun state but not making enough profit… between her and
her husband, a sliding door installer in same village, to care
for their two young children.
At the invitation of a distant relative who knew someone
operating a bakery, she relocated Lagos with her 14-month-
old daughter to give bread hawking a try, leaving her husband
and the older five-year-old behind. As I listened to her, I
wandered if the beauty I had seen on my screen as I edited
my image was a fluke ..well until she smiled .
I realized that I was wrong. I had in fact underestimated the
beauty of this 27-year-old woman. As always, it was her eyes
and of course her perfectly chiseled features that jumped out
at you when she chuckled .This lady belonged in front of my
camera. After a conversation with her husband telling him the
story of our meeting, I decided I was going to photograph her
that very afternoon. Within an hour, Bimpe Onakoya, one of
Nigeria’s leading makeup artists, and Zubby, one of my
favourite hairstylists, were at my studio to work magic.
Olajumoke and TY Bello
They had both followed the story online and were more than
happy to put in their very best for her. Olajumoke … with curly
extensions out revealed a short natural Afro that beautifully
hugged her face.@Bimpeonakoya also had decided to keep
the make up minimal… She stepped in front of my camera and
I almost couldn’t recognize her. She moved differently too.
Jumoke looked straight into my lens emoting like she had
done this all her life …. I knew we had found a star.
She is set to start an internship at Make-me hair salon and
has been offered an additional internship with Sari signature,
a famous Lebanese owned salon on the island.
Also, she has been offered a modelling contract and Payporte
has also reached out to her to be model on their next
billboard campaign.
And i heard somebody offered her a scholarship to further her
education. #Chisos! All this in few days? isn’t amazing?
Her case is similar to supermodel, Oluchi who was also a
bread seller in Surulere before her talent and beauty was
Olajumoke’s hard work met with God’s favour and the doors
of opportunity were opened.
Hashtag #Olajumoke has been trending on twitter and
Nigerians have turned her case into prayer point already. Lol,



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