A Nigerian bread seller who was thrust into the limelight after “photobombing” Tinie Tempah has spoken about how the British rapper “transformed” her life. What happened? Olajumoke Orisaguna was hawking bread on the streets of Lagos when she unwittingly breezed through a photo shoot which the musician was taking part in. Photographer TY Bello was going through the shots afterward and declared that the mystery photobomber should be a model. “She’s so beautiful and photographed so well,” she said, posting the image on Instagram, and vowed to track her down.
Orisaguna, 27, was soon revealed to be the name behind the face. The bread seller, who is married with two children, was immediately invited to star in her own photo shoot. This lady belonged in front of my camera,” Bello explained. Did success beckon? The former bread seller has been dubbed Nigeria’s “Cinderella” and has made a name for herself across West Africa, having been awarded a string of major modelling contracts.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time.Hard work played a part too, Orisaguna believes. “If I wasn’t out hawking on that day I never would have ended up in that Ty Bello photo”. Her advice to other young women is to work hard. “It pays off,” she said. How did she adjust to such a dramatic change? “At the beginning it was difficult for me,” Orisaguna admitted. But, she said, she “loves everything” about her new life now. Previously she struggled to provide for her family: the profit on each loaf of bread she sold was the equivalent of just three US cents, she said. “It was difficult to feed myself and my children.”
Would she go back to her former life? While Orisaguna “doesn’t miss anything” about life in the bakery, she does miss some of the bread sellers.”We keep in touch,” she said. “I can’t forget them