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Bread hawker turned model Olajumoke Orisaguna: Her exciting story of luck meets destiny


Olajumoke Orisaguna became the most talked about Nigerian on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, when she unknowingly walked into a photo-shoot which society photographer, TY Bello was having  with UK based artiste, Tinie Tempah for ThisDay Style.

TY Bello didn’t think much about the pictures until people started asking if the bread hawker was a model. She asked her assistants to go back to the location of the shoot and ask around for Jumoke.

Olajumoke was brought to her studio after someone showed Jumoke her photograph on Facebook and from then on, she became a star.

According to TY Bello who discovered Olajumoke, she was a hairstylist from Iree in Osun State, but wasn’t making good money along with her husband, Sunday, who is a sliding door installer, to take care of their two children. A distant relative, who knew someone operating a bakery invited her to Lagos to hawk bread.

Olajumoke relocated to Lagos to give hawking a try. She left behind her husband and five year old first child.

She lived in the bakery with other in-house workers and bread sellers and made a profit of between N300 and N700 daily.

Jumoke’s story has inspired a lot of people and many have been tapping into her kind of miracle, as it is a typical rags-to-riches tale that sounds like a lie. She has been offered internship at Make Me salon and Sari Signature (a popular Lebanese owned salon in Victoria Island, Lagos).

Jumoke appeared on CNN where she shared her story with CNN’s Stephanie Busari. She featured on Huffington Post, a popular website, in a post entitled, How to get a modeling contract, Olajumoke Orisaguna.

Buzz Feed also featured her on their website in a post titled, This woman accidently photo bombed a pop star and ended up with a modeling contract.

She has been on the cover of all major Nigerian newspapers, magazines and many television stations.

She signed a marketing deal with FEW Models.

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