Ten Life Lessons Everyone Can Learn From Olajumoke Orisaguna, The Agege Bread Seller

Published On: February 9, 2016, 8:48 am (4 years ago)
Author: Daniel Bosai
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Bread hawker Jumoke Orisaguna accidentally walks into TY Bello and Tinie Tempah photo shoot

You all probably have heard of the amazing and almost incredible story of one Olajumoke Orisaguna, the Agege bread hawker who is on her way to super stardom. Her story resembled your typical Cinderella rags to riches fairy tale.

Here is the story. The award-winning musician, song writer and photographer TY Bello was in a photo shoot with the international music star Tinie Tempah on a street in Lagos when Jumoke ‘hawked’ into the set. She was hawking her a Agege bread when she was spotted.

For one who never misses an opportunity to tell a story, TY Bello weaved the bread seller-pop star narrative that has set Jumoke on the path to greatness.

Here are ten lessons we can all learn from the bread seller turned super model narrative.

1. The race is not to the swift:
Even that timeless Christian scripture told us that ”the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong”. The rags to glory story of Olajumoke Ajaguna has confirmed the holy maxim. We all know the struggle to grace the cover of fashion magazines by aspiring models.

Jumoke Orisaguna: From hawking bread to the glossy pages of ThisDay style magazine

We all know how wannabe models would give an arm to strut the runway. But here was Jumoke the bread hawker just going about her normal business and fortune finds her. Sometimes, we just have to live everyday as it comes and just do our thing and hope for luck to break.


2. Be focused on your game:

On that fateful day when TY Bello was shooting for Tinie Tempah on a Lagos street, Jumoke, the bread hawker was hawking as usual. For her, it was just another day. Come rain or sunshine, she must hawk not just for survival but as a routine. She was focused on her game. See how it has paid off.

A transformed Jumoke as she appeared in ThisDay Style magazine

3. Be prepared for the opportunity and when it comes grab it:

When Jumoke appeared for the photo shoot of her Thisday Style cover, she did not fret. She appeared ready for it. Even TY Bello said that Jumoke was a natural, it was as if she has been doing photo shoot all her life. You see she was prepared when the opportunity found her.

4. Never be afraid to take risk:
Jumoke left her village in Ire, Osun state, south-west Nigeria to sell bread in Lagos. She travelled all the way. She could have stayed back in the village and moan about her condition. But she left for Lagos hoping to eke out a living hawking. Instead doors of opportunity are opening for her in the modeling world.

Amazing Jumoke now as a model

5. Do not despise your little beginnings:

Do not be ashamed to do anything honest to make a living. Hawking bread is not the most glamorous of jobs. Yet, Jumoke hawked bread. You may say she had no choice but to hawk. She could have also be lazying around the place as many young people are doing today.


6. There is always someone waiting to lift you up:

There is always a God sent. In Jumoke’s case, it is the super star singer and photographer, TY Bello that has come to snatch her from the jaws of poverty. Like Christians pray, ask God to send your divine helper when you need them the most.

Jumoke Orisaguna left her village in Ire, Osun state in search of the golden fleece in Lagos

7. Work hard someone is always watching:

Continue to do your thing. Someone is watching, someone is waiting. Someone needs your skill. TY Bello was impressed at how Jumoke balanced the bread perfectly on her head. Horn your skill and be the best in what you do!

Jumoke;s story is an incredible reversal of fortune

8. Follow your instinct:

Jumoke could have taken another street. She could have missed TY Bello photo shoot with Tinie Tempah on that fateful day. She must have probably followed her instinct now she is on her way to success.

Jumoke on the cover of ThisDay Style magazine

9. Dreams do come true:

Yes, dreams do come true. Like all human beings, Jumoke must have nursed the ambition of being successful in life. Now she will live her dream with many doors opening at the same time.

Jumoke with TY Bello

10. Finally, Lagos is a land of opportunities:

Jumoke’s story has taught us that in Lagos anything can happen. Lagos is a land of opportunities. Dreams can be made and dreams can disappear like a candle in the wind.


With focus, hard work, dedication and luck, one can achieve one’s heart desires.

We wish Jumoke Orisaguna all the best. And thank you TY Bello for making her live the Lagos dream!

Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 08:48 AM | Hero
i've learnt from it.

Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 08:54 AM | Gistmaniac
Well said!
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 08:57 AM | Gistmaniac
kp45 kp45 (m)
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 08:59 AM | Hero
Wowwww well said and noted
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 09:02 AM | Gistmaniac
Hmmm she is a good example to follow
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 09:02 AM | Upcoming
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 09:04 AM | Gistmaniac
I hear. I beg make person begin dey sell bread if e wan make am
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 09:04 AM | Addicted Hero
And point number 11: Say NO to oloshonism and embrace hardwork!

Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 09:07 AM | Hero
Yeah thanks for sharing dis wit us poster. We will learn from it. No time is too late.
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 09:10 AM | Addicted Hero
Quote from: Michael Akin on  9-02-2016 09:07 AM
And point number 11: Say NO to oloshonism and embrace hardwork!
Na im b say u wan spoil posta market
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 09:14 AM | Addicted Hero
''Like Christians pray, ask God to send your divine helper when you need them the most'' and YOU in turn be a helper to others when you're blessed.. Bless others, any little way you can, it opens doors.. As TY Bello decided to be the divine helper to this woman, she's also indirectly and directly affected, the story is selling... TY Bello's status also upgraded..
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 09:40 AM | Gistmaniac
mmmm oooh yes oooh...6,7,8 happens wen u dnt
expect.....thanks poster at least u try for this post....lolz
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 09:57 AM | Hero
hey poster, i'm already rich!! therefore i don't need your lesson yeri yeri
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 10:31 AM | Addicted Hero
Destiny&luck @ work,interesting,heart touching&educative story.
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 10:37 AM | Hero
nice one poster, thanx.
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 11:10 AM | Gistmaniac
ask God to send your divine helper when you need them the most'' and YOU in turn be a helper to others when you're blessed.. Bless others, any little way you can, it opens doors..
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 11:16 AM | Upcoming
diezo diezo (m)
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 02:11 PM | Gistmaniac
Na God win
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 04:29 PM | Newbie
Ok noted,prayers and hard work is the key to success.
Posted: (4 years ago) on 9-02-2016 04:34 PM | Hero
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