A few years ago, 2016 precisely, Olajumoke Orisaguna, the beautiful bread seller came into our consciousness when she became an overnight celebrity in what seemed like a fairy tale story after she photobombed a photo shoot organized by celebrity photographer, TY Bello for pop star, Tinnie Tempah. ‘Jumoke Oniburedi’ as she is more popularly known, became the talk of town following her miraculous transformation from grass to grace. Even on the international scene, she became an issue of discourse.
Her fortune took a leap after she started getting endorsement deals, modeling contracts, tours and scholarship for herself. To crown it all, she got a luxury flat fully furnished from the CEO of real estate firm, Sijumoto owned by Sijibomi Ogundele, to stay in for five years free of charge. She there after started a Vlog on Youtube “Olajumoke sauce” where she shared her life stories in her native language. One would think her lack of adequate education and inability to communicate fluently in English language would hold her down, but she was able to hold the ace and anchor the programme for a year before it was rested.
The fairy tale rise-to-fame of Olajumoke Orisaguna, popularly called Jumoke the bread seller, in 2016 inspired millions of Nigerians, captured the interest of international media and served as a prayer point for many who desired such overnight transformation and distinct favour.
Olajumoke, the bread seller is a Nigerian model-turned-motivational speaker, who received public attention while hawking bread on Olonode Street, Yaba, Lagos.
Jumoke unknowingly walked into a photo shoot session of British rapper, Tinie Tempah, by Nigerian photographer, TY Bello.
However, fortune smiled on Olajumoke as her image was found amongst the photos during editing.
Bello then had to search for Olajumoke and this started the journey of the poor bread seller into the limelight.
Olajumoke appeared on the cover of magazines and this paved way for her as many people were interested in her and she was later employed as a model by several organisations. She later got modeling jobs in some major companies, presenting shows and featuring in many programmes.
Her grass to grace story was reported in various media sources and outlets including CNN and BBC Africa.
Subsequently as companies trooped in to tap into her overnight brand success to favour, the 31-year-old back then, also known as Nigerian Cinderella, the bread seller, got a five-year rent of a fully furnished apartment sponsored by Sujimoto, a luxury apartment construction company in Lekki area of Lagos.
She also secured modeling contracts with e-commerce company, Payporte, and Zenith Bakery.
Series of accompanying developments saw the fortune of the bread seller take a rise and progression, and she was then the talking point for most people everywhere, and she even turned to prayer points in many homes and churches.
Three years down the line, things are not as sweet as expected for Olajumoke Orisaguna.
It appeared that, when all the media and concentration were all over her, those accolades and attention got to her head and pride started to set in.
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Unconfirmed reports had it that things however took a downturn for the model after she started having problems with the father of her children, Sunday Orisagunna who was said to be frustrated because it was becoming increasingly difficult to live with the woman he had known for more than four years. He alleged that she became rude after fame and fortune found her. Her once robust modeling career also suffered some hitches. Rumor had it that despite the efforts put into her modeling career, she was often compensated with peanuts as her then manager; Victoria Nkong took the lion share.
Now, many people are worried and concerned about her whereabouts as she has simply vanished from the public space. The mother of two also abandoned all her social media handles. Her last update on them was in 2019, except for her face book page which was updated in 2020. According to a reliable source, her absence from the entertainment scene may not be unconnected to the fact that she no longer makes the kind of money she was making as Nigerians typically do not waste time before moving on to the next big thing.
The husband allegedly lamented that he helps her babysit and takes care of the children, when the going was smooth and rosy and that despite her coming home late at night he still endures and understands with her.
Sunday also reportedly complained that he is often kept out of the loop of Olajumoke’s activities.
Sources said that Sunday complained that life has been incredibly tough, and that help is farther from him because many people assume that Olajumoke has made it big, and that automatically he’s also rich, but that things are not actually what people think they are.
It was gathered that as against the promise of Sujimoto that Olajumoke would be given an accommodation in Lekki area of Lagos, she was given a house in Yaba area of the state and that the apartment was even below the expected standard.
Olajumoke at a point in time spoke of her desire to have a home of her own before the existing rent expires in a year and half and to establish a haircare business by the start of 2020, but this seems to have gone with the wind as it was gathered that the lady has no means of renewing the rent unless a miracle happens before then.
We were also informed that all the organizations that employed Olajumoke as model shortly after she rose to stardom did not renew their contracts and that “the lady has now been left in the cold.”
The Eaglesforesight recalls that the young mother of two instantly became a sensation and bagged several juicy deals and modeling jobs.
However, since News of her crashed marriage made headlines in 2019, she has been off the social scene.
Many of her fans are now relieved and glad to have her back.
“Great to see Jumoke come back. Best wishes for a great future for her.” one Balogun wrote
“Yeah my colleagues and I still remember her some days ago. Happy to see her doing great. All the best for her” one Amusan wrote
“So happy to see this. Just yesterday I was asking a friend about jumoke that it’s bn a while we saw her” one Ene reacted.
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