Former bread seller turn super model, Olajumoke Orisaguna has celebrated the New year by going back to her root to feed the poor.
She shared photos of herself sharing food and other items to the poor in the slums and wrote;
“Happy New Year Fam. I don’t have a lot but as much as I can I will do what is possible to make life more bearable for others.
#Sluminvasion by @qtabyevents was a new experience for me & a reminder of where I come from.
God bless aunty TY @tybello & bless everyone who remembers to help people that can’t help them in return.
#sluminvasion #empowerment #skillacquisition”
Olajumoke Orisaguna was born in 1989 and brought up in Ire, Osun State. She trained as a hairdresser where she “met an artisan named Sunday Orisaguna. They married in 2010 and later had two children. She is fluent in Yoruba.
Jumoke as she’s fondly called, traveled to Lagos with one of her children where she hoped to make more money selling bread. Her husband stayed behind with the other child where he worked installing sliding doors. While she was working in Lagos, she was caught in the background of a picture taken by the photographer TY Bello while Bello was photographing the British rapper Tinie Tempah.
While later reviewing and editing the images she had taken, Bello decided that Orisaguna had potential as a model. After posting on Instagram, Bello located Orisaguna and offered to launch her career. She arranged for Orisaguna’s portrait to appear on the cover of Style magazine and planned to create a documentary about her.
Orisaguna was later offered a modelling contract, internships and work, despite not speaking English. Following Orisaguna’s success, her husband and her other child moved to Lagos.