Inside the wealth of Olajumoke Orisaguna: Bread hawker turned model

Olajumoke Orisaguna has practically become a household name in Nigeria and even beyond. Her rags to riches story has drawn public attention both within and outside Africa. Even Google recently revealed that she was the most searched person The bread seller turned model became the most talked about Nigerian on sometimes back in February 2, 2016, when she unconsciously walked into a photoshoot by society photographer, TY Bello for UK-based artiste, Tinnie Tempah for ThisDay Style magazine.

TY Bello didn’t think much about the pictures until people started asking if the bread hawker was a model. She asked her assistants to go back to the location of the shoot and ask around for Jumoke.

Olajumoke was brought to her studio after someone showed Jumoke her photograph on Facebook and since then she became a star.

According to TY Bello who discovered Olajumoke, she was a hairstylist from Iree, Osun state, but wasn’t making enough money along with her husband, Sunday, who is a sliding door installer to take care of their two children.

A distant relative, who knew someone operating a bakery invited her to Lagos to hawk bread. Olajumoke relocated to Lagos to give bread hawking a try. She left behind her husband and five-year-old first child. She lived in the bakery with other in-house workers and bread sellers and made a profit of between N300 and N700 daily.

Her Wealth Ever Since She Became A Star

Fortune has not stopped smiling on the pretty and slim woman since she became a model overnight.

The hawker turned model has raked in millions from brands and well meaning Nigerians who came to her rescue. She got a 3-bedroom apartment in Surulere. The apartment under renovation was given to her courtesy of Sijimoto Construction boss, Sijibomi Ogundele. The apartment comes fully furnished with five year rent paid by the young philanthropist.

Her picture on the ThisDay Style magazine catapulted her into a product raking in millions. Olajumoke made N1 million from Payporte as its ambassador, scholarship for her children to university level from Stanbic IBTC Bank, N100,000 and clothes from Divine Endowment.

Another $3,000 from an anonymous donor, N1 million from Shirley Confectionery as ambassador, N500,000 from Madam Biobak (owner of popular Abuja restaurant), training in communication and etiquette paid for by Sijimoto, about N50,000 from the fashion show at Polo Club, Ikoyi, Lagos, with lots more juicy offers in the offing.

Jumoke’s story has inspired a lot of people and many have been tapping into her kind of miracle, as it is a typical rags to riches tale that sounds like a lie. She has been offered internship at Make Me Salon and Sari Signatures a popular Lebanese owned salon in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Jumoke appeared on CNN where she shared her story with CNN’s Stephanie Busari. She featured on Huffington Post, a popular website, in a post entitled, How to get a modelling contract, Olajumoke Orisaguna.

Buzzfeed also featured her on their website in a post entitled This women accidentally photobombed a pop star and ended up with a modelling contract.

She was made the cover of all major Nigerian newspapers, magazines and many television stations. She signed a marketing deal with FEW Models.

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