I just love how this beautiful young lady's life has changed for the better. You all probably have heard of the amazing and almost incredible story of Olajumoke Orisaguna, the Agege bread hawker who is on her way to super stardom. Her story resembled your typical Cinderella rags to riches fairy tale.
As you read this, Olajumoke who got lucky after she was captured by TY Bello's camera is now signed to a big modeling agency in Lagos. Can you beat that?
She was signed by Few Model Management, who shared a photo of Olajumoke with her modeling contract on their IG page on Monday, February 8, 2016.
Below is the story of Olajumoke:
Popular photographer TY Bello was in a photo shoot with the international music star Tinie Tempah on a street in Lagos when Jumoke ‘hawked’ into the set. She was hawking her Agege bread when she was spotted.
For one who never misses an opportunity to tell a story, TY Bello weaved the bread seller-pop star narrative that has set Jumoke on the path to greatness.
Here are ten lessons we can all learn from the bread seller turned super model narrative...
1. The race is not to the swift:
Even that timeless Christian scripture told us that ”the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong”. The rags to glory story of Olajumoke Ajaguna has confirmed the holy maxim. We all know the struggle to grace the cover of fashion magazines by aspiring models.
We all know how wannabe models would give an arm to strut the runway. But here was Jumoke the bread hawker just going about her normal business and fortune finds her. Sometimes, we just have to live everyday as it comes and just do our thing and hope for luck to break.
2. Be focused on your game:
On that fateful day when TY Bello was shooting for Tinie Tempah on a Lagos street, Jumoke, the bread hawker was hawking as usual. For her, it was just another day. Come rain or sunshine, she must hawk not just for survival but as a routine. She was focused on her game. See how it has paid off.
3. Be prepared for the opportunity and when it comes grab it:
When Jumoke appeared for the photo shoot of her Thisday Style cover, she did not fret. She appeared ready for it. Even TY Bello said that Jumoke was a natural, it was as if she has been doing photo shoot all her life. You see she was prepared when the opportunity found her.
4. Never be afraid to take risk:
Jumoke left her village in Ire, Osun state, south-west Nigeria to sell bread in Lagos. She travelled all the way. She could have stayed back in the village and moan about her condition. But she left for Lagos hoping to eke out a living hawking. Instead doors of opportunity are opening for her in the modeling world.
5. Do not despise your little beginnings:
Do not be ashamed to do anything honest to make a living. Hawking bread is not the most glamorous of jobs. Yet, Jumoke hawked bread. You may say she had no choice but to hawk. She could have also be lazying around the place as many young people are doing today.
6. There is always someone waiting to lift you up:
There is always a God sent. In Jumoke’s case, it is the super star singer and photographer, TY Bello that has come to snatch her from the jaws of poverty. Like Christians pray, ask God to send your divine helper when you need them the most.
7. Work hard someone is always watching:
Continue to do your thing. Someone is watching, someone is waiting. Someone needs your skill. TY Bello was impressed at how Jumoke balanced the bread perfectly on her head. Horn your skill and be the best in what you do!
8. Follow your instinct:
Jumoke could have taken another street. She could have missed TY Bello photo shoot with Tinie Tempah on that fateful day. She must have probably followed her instinct now she is on her way to success.
9. Dreams do come true:
Yes, dreams do come true. Like all human beings, Jumoke must have nursed the ambition of being successful in life. Now she will live her dream with many doors opening at the same time.
10. Finally, Lagos is a land of opportunities:
Jumoke’s story has taught us that in Lagos anything can happen. Lagos is a land of opportunities. Dreams can be made and dreams can disappear like a candle in the wind.
With focus, hard work, dedication and luck, one can achieve one’s heart desires.
*The modeling agency that signed her, owned by Bolajo Fawehinmi, is an agency servicing a global audience with various looks of High Fashion models, Commercial Models and Ushers/Hostesses.
We wish Olajumoke all the best. And thank you TY Bello for making her live the Lagos dream!