Basking in the glow of her new fame and new life, Olajumoke, the ‘bread-seller’ turned model is enjoying massive media exposure locally and internationally, the latest being the international news network, CNN. The Net reports.
According to CNN, renowned Nigerian photographer TY Bello is behind the change in Jumoke’s fortunes. TY was photographing UK popstar Tinie Tempah when Jumoke walked into shot. ‘She seemed a little confused,’ says Bello. ‘Some people were asking her to walk past really quickly, others were asking her to stay, she was just in limbo. I said ‘is it ok to take your photograph?’ And she nodded ok’.
A teary-eyed Olajumoke said she never expected her fortunes to turn around like this, ‘I never expected that this could ever happen to me. My friends have told me they saw me on TV and they are really happy. My parents cannot believe their own child can become such a success. They are all so happy’, she said.
“It’s a classic case of being in the right place at the right time. A young street seller oblivious to the scene ahead, her wares perched atop her head, photobombed a shoot and in that split second her life changed forever. Jumoke Orisaguna is a mother of two who used to walk the streets of Lagos selling bread.
Originally a hairstylist from Osun State, south west Nigeria, she was struggling to make ends meet, and left her husband and two children in their home town to become a street vendor in the economic capital. Working from 2:30pm to 11:00pm selling bread, Jumoke would make less than $20 each day –with a profit of around $1. Now she’s about to become a top model; signed to a modeling agency and gaining international fame and prominence. To watch the interview click Here
Below are some of the contracts she has gotten since her rise to stardom:
1. Stanbic IBTC unveiled her as the face of the multinational bank new campaign, #neverstopmovingforward.
The bank shared the photo and wrote:
“@tybellotweets great work!
We’re inspired by Olajumoke, we’d love to move her forward.
2. Olajumoke also got a Luxury House and Scholarship from Sujimoto Construction Company
According to the CEO of Sujimoto Construction, Sijibomi Ogundele: “Olajumoke’s grass to grace story is my story. It is the story of my mother who also came to Lagos from Ijebu in search of a better life. Young people should learn from Olajumoke’s experience that hard work is the bedrock of all success and success only happens when preparation meets opportunity. There are no sustainable shortcuts. Without hard work, luck won’t last.”
Olajumoke was not lucky, rather she was prepared and when the opportunity came, she seized it.
Lagos is a land of opportunity with a population of over 21 million people. About 72% of these people are non-indigenes who have left their native land to Lagos, in search of greener pastures because of the opportunities in Lagos. 60% of the Nigerian populations are between the ages of 25 – 40 years old, with about 60% of them unemployed, while another 80% are unable to afford a day meal. The question is how many more Olajumokes are out there, who will leave their comfort zone and find opportunities without trying to blame the economy for their fate? Hard work and tenacity will always win “it” for you. Opportunities are all around us every day but very few like Jumoke seize them.