From A Common Bread Hawker To A Cover Page Model: The Inspiring Story Of Olajumoke Orisaguna

The adage that goes,”anything your hands find doing, do it well” indeed played out in the case of Jumoke. The common Agege bread seller was going about her business of hawking bread when she coincidentally walked into Tinie Tempah’s photo-shoot  which featured in last Sunday’s This Day Style.TY Bello who did the shoot  commented:

“Everyone has been asking if this lady is a model. It was just perfect coincidence … She just happened to be walking by while I photographed. It happened so fast. She definitely SHOULD be a model. .. I’m happy to help her build a portfolio if she’s interested.”

A few days later, she found the bread seller after someone identified her through Facebook. She is Olajumoke Orisaguna, a 27-year-old mother of two, who can only speak Yoruba. After TY found her, she treated her to a photoshoot, with the help of Bimpe Onakoya to do her makeup and Zubby Definition to take care of her hair.TY recounted:

They were all at the studio within an hour and we had the most amazing shoot with her. I’ve also spoken to a few people about the best way to help move her forward and reunite her with her family . … The process has already begone and I’ll figure out the best way to have anyone who wants to be part of the journey. Meeting and photographing her has inspired us all and we can’t wait for the good that will come to her from all of this to unfold . She doesn’t speak English well but here, she was explaining how she found us . I had sent an assistant, as many of you advised, to leave a message with the people in the area where we photographed her…So here she is.

So far, Olajumoke’s face has not only generated compassionate reviews but has again given her a new lease of life. She has graced the cover page of ThisDay Style, the same cover page shoot she coincidentally walked into and she is on her way to joining the list of international models, who became camera favourites after they were found casually without auditions.

Best of luck Jumoke!

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eebest8 seo March 8, 2016 - 1:06 am

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