When Olajumoke Orisaguna moved away from her family to sell bread, she hoped her new job would be life-changing. And it was, but not in the capacity that she had expected.
Orisaguna grew up in Osun State in Nigeria, and it was there where she met her husband. The couple had two children and soon realized that the family needed to make more money. So Orisaguna, who used to be a hairstylist, moved to Lagos, Nigeria with one of her children and started a job selling bread on the streets.
Orisaguna moved to the capital city in hopes of making more money for her family.
The 27-year-old spent her days walking the streets of Lagos from the afternoon until late at night. Every day she made approximately $20, although her profit was a mere $1.
One day while walking the streets with a massive pile of bread carefully balanced on her head, she came across a photo shoot. According to the photographer, TY Bello, the young woman seemed “confused.”
“Some people were asking her to walk past really quickly, others were asking her to stay, she was just in limbo,” Bello told CNN. “I said ‘is it ok to take your photograph?’ And she nodded ok.”
Bello was in the middle of a photo shoot with English rapper Tinie Tempah when Orisaguna inadvertently walked into the middle of their shoot.
The 27-year-old unknowingly walked into the middle of a photo shoot with a famous rapper.
Initially Bello wasn’t pleased with her shot featuring the photobomber, but once she shared the picture on social media, many people wanted to know the woman’s identity.
“No one believed she just walked past. It occurred to me that if everyone thought she should be a model then maybe she should be one, then the search for her began,” Bello explained.
In an instant Orisaguna went from bread seller to model.
It didn’t take long for people to figure out the identity of the woman with the pile of bread on her head.
Bello got in contact with Orisaguna and arranged a photo shoot with her, which helped her land a modeling contract. The mother of two also received a scholarship to continue her schooling, and a local bank reportedly offered to pay for the education of her two children until they reach “university age.”
Since being discovered on the streets of Lagos, Orisaguna has returned to school and continues modeling in Lagos where she has become a role model for many.
She continues to work as a model, but also attends school.
“I never expected this would ever happen to me,” Orisaguna told CNN. “My parents cannot believe their own child can become such a success. They are all so happy.”