Monday, February 8, 2016

Everyone needs a little bit of Help: From Bread Seller to Model - The Story of Olajumoke Orisaguna


Her story from rags to fame is extra-ordinary but real. All she did was "waka pass" (walk past) a TY Bello's shoot for British-Nigerian rapper Tinie Tempah. And then TY extended a little help to her.

TY Bello is a famous Nigerian photographer and artist (from the Gospel group - KUSH). She was doing a photo shoot when this bread seller stumbled past the set. Well she thought she added a little "zing" to the shoot, so she continued with the photo shoot.

After the session, she found that she really needed to find the bread seller. She then posted on her Instagram page asking for anyone who knew the lady.



























TY Bello’s assistant went back to the shoot scene and found her.

Olajumoke said that someone told her that he saw her on Facebook and that TY was looking for her. So she hung around the scene awaiting TY Bello.

According to TY Bello, 

So I found her ...our beauty from the@tiniegram shoot and boy have I got a fantastic story to share with you all.
Right here is an amazing 27yr old mother of two , Jumoke Sunday with an incredible life story .I called on three amazing artists@bimpeonakoya for beautiful makeup ..@zubbydefinition for hair and @emaedosio to make a short documentary about her .. Every one gave a yes !on the spot . 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 .. #Olajumoke#tybellophotography #findingjumoke#thebeginning

And on the 7th of February, she graced the cover of ThisDay Style.


TY Bello continues on her Instagram page;

OLAJUMOKE ORISAGUNA : THE BEGINNING I've asked my self over and again why all of this is happening . One thing is clear .. This woman here is no charity case .. We met her in the middle of her hustle ... The woman works hard.. Seven days a week .. With a family to support .. But with dignity ..who pays that much attention to how she looks as she's about to hawk bread ... Arranging the bread so delicately like it was work much more .. Making sure she left the bakery while it was steamy and hot ... Every body likes their bread hot . .. All of this even when it's clear that her profit in a day is between N300-500 . This is the story of so many Nigerians .. The young house selling gala in traffic... The woman braiding hair under the bridge .. Nigerians work hard and we go it with style ... This has taught us and I hope everyone reading to pay a little attention ., to those clearly working hard around us .. You may have your own wahala to deal with .. But nothing gives you a bigger break from your troubles than just making life easier for someone else .. Give an orange seller a N1000 note and she may be able to take the next day off to attend to herself and her children . Jumoke is sorted ... I personally believe so with all the doors opening up for her but This story is more about the 'jumokes'around you . Who put in all the work but just need a little push .You may not be able to help every one but as I learnt from someone I really respect ... In your own unique way .... Do for the ONE what you would have liked to do for ALL. Jumoke ooo.. Wants to be a hairstylists but secretly nurses a fantasy to act in a Yoruba film one day .. I know she'll be a nollywood hit .. She did great in front of my camera and understood how to work the tiniest emotional nuances .She may not speak much English but can read and write in Yoruba...@kunleafo can you hear!!! So here she is our #olajumoke she can now be contacted and booked with @fewmodels . She's an amazing model . Wishing her all the best #makeupby@bimpeonakoya #zubbydefinition by @zubbydefinition #beautiful #lifemakeover #devine


OLAJUMOKE ORISGUNA : GRACE ( part 3) During the course of the day, @emaedosio who was making a short documentary about the process had asked her what she really wanted to do . 'Ka ma kiri Buredi ko suwon ' she explained that bread hawking wasn't the most profitable business but put enough food on her table . It also put a roof over a head .. Howbeit a roof she shared with scores of other hawkers . She was a trained hairdresser back in Osun state but her family could not afford the necessarily 'freedom ' ceremony ; a passing out ritual that gives a trainee a sometimes unwritten permission to start a full fledged salon . We all decided that the make over would be incomplete if it ended at the studio . Every one started to reach out to their contacts and through Bimpe we were able to get her a meeting with Ugo the pioneer of Make-me salon . As a result of the buzz she generated from the Thisday cover Our model is now close to starting an internship at @makemesalon and has been offered a additional internship with @sarisignature a famous Lebanese owned salon on the island island . To pay Jumoke her model fee from her first job in front of the camera we called @_ujumarshall one of Nigeria's And matched her fees .She's been offered a modelling contract with the help of @godsonukaegbu from a@fewmodels .She's also had @payporte reach out to her to be model on their next billboard campaign . This is clearly only the beginning of another chapter in Jumoke's story . Though it seems accidental it s clearly Devine . Just this morning ,mentor of mine offered to foot the bill for her accommodation ,education as well as her child's .. This finally makes it possible to be finally reunited with her husband and older child .

Congratulations Jumoke. Wish you the best

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