Bread seller turned model, Olajumoke Orisaguna, has obviously not forgotten where she came from.
The international sensation who found fame after being discovered by acclaimed photographer, TY Bello took to Instagram today, May 13, 2016 to share a photo of herself giving money to her former colleagues.
Speaking on her philanthropic efforts, Olajumoke said “I want to do more for my people, help those who didn’t have opportunities like me.”
The beautiful model is working on her Olajumoke Foundation aimed at helping the less privileged.
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. In Nigeria, Orisaguna was praised in the media as a role model.
According to CNN, she will be offered some education and a bank has offered to pay for her children to attend school.