If there’s any recent story that embodies the Nigerian grass to grace story it should be that of model, Olajumoke Orisaguna whose journey to stardom remains one of the most inspirational event of the year 2016.
Her story is one that borders on sheer luck and how one can come by success through an earlier unimagined path concocted entirely by chance.
A year ago, the then innocent looking breadseller was on her usual daily hustle along the streets of Lagos when she landed in the middle of a photoshoot by celebrity photographer TY Bello and British-Nigerian entertainer and style icon Tinie Tempah.
TY Bello later uploaded the picture on her Instagram page without any serious cause but the good comments of her followers who mistook the suffering Olajumoke for a professional model prompted her to search for her for modeling works. When she did found Olajumoke, it was like tsunami across the Nigerian social media space.
For Olajumoke Orisaguna, that was her watershed moment: from that point onward, her life took a dramatic turn for the better that still baffles her till date.
Within a month of her chanced photobombing, she become a social media celebrity, was featured by major media platforms, both local and international, became a runway model, was the face of a major bank. Her grass to grace story is the stuff of the Nigerian dream.
One year later, Olajumoke is waxing strong. Over the weekend, she made her debut appearance at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards red carpet. Today, she is thankful.
In an emotional Instagram post today, the mother of two thanked all those who have contributed to her growth since she was discovered by photographer Ty Bello.
“I woke up this morning feeling very emotional,” the Payporte ambassador said, adding, “it’s been one year already since God used aunty TY to turn my story around, it’s been one year since all of you accepted me, gave me a chance & celebrated me like I was born to be part of this system.”
Read the full heartwarming note below.
Happy Sunday friends, remember to say a word of prayer and thanksgiving to God today and remember that you're unstoppable. God bless us all. #melanin #thankful @Regrann from @foladamian – Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away…..🦎 @olajumoke__o would always slay #foladamian #mtvshugaphotographer #photoghraphyislife #photoghraphyislife #tgif – #regrann
“I look back to January 1st 2016 & realise where my life was & what my priorities were, but January 2017 was different for my family & I,” she says today. “It is still like a dream to me at times and I can only say THANK YOU JESUS & THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN A PART OF THIS PROCESS: my supporters, colleagues, fans,critics, my role models: God bless you all & grant your heart desires.”
I woke up this morning feeling very emotional, it's been one year already since God used aunty TY to turn my story around, it's been one year since all of you accepted me,gave me a chance & celebrated me like I was born to be part of this system. I look back to January 1st 2016 & realise where my life was & what my priorities were, but January 2017 was different for my family & I. It is still like a dream to me at times and I can only say THANK YOU JESUS & THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN A PART OF THIS PROCESS:my supporters, colleagues, fans,critics, my role models: God bless you all & grant your heart desires. I will continue working on myself & try not to disappoint all those that believe in me. Please bear with my mistakes & inadequacies & keep praying for me. There are nights when my husband & I wake up to pray for you all without knowing you & we end up in tears… We appreciate you & we love you all. Thank you @tybello for being the god that I see, a mother & big sister to me,creating A Star out of a breadseller, @tiniegram, thank you @sujimotong @sujimoto81 for being "my father" and taking care of me like your child without expecting anything in return, thank you @fewmodels & @bethmodels for the patience and effort to groom me at the beginning of my career, thank you @zukiliciouz for believing in me and being my pillar through the part of the fame that I never expected, thank you Payporte @payporte for allowing an inexperienced local girl to represent your brand, thank you @stanbicibtc for ensuring that my children get educated at the right age, a privilege that I didn't have, thank you @officialshirleysconfectionery for taking me back to the bakery but as A Star this time, thank you to my LAWYER @abayomiadeseyoju who has always been ready to fight for me to ensure that I'm treated right, thank you @qtabyevents for my first hosting opportunity.THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE CONTINEOUSLY DEFENDED ME, I LOVE YOU AND I WISH I COULD OPEN UP MY HEART TO ALL OF YOU TO SEE HOW I FEEL…IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING It's your girl OLAJUMOKE ORISAGUNA: the breadseller turned SUPER STAR #Olajumoke1stanniverssary #thankful #hopeful #blessed #overwhelmed #happy #determined
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