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Bread seller. TYBello. Photo-shoot.

I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about precisely.

Yes, you’ve heard about it but just in case you didn’t get a hold of the full gist, here you go….

Recently, TYBello, a Nigerian recording artist and photographer, was having a photo-shoot with an American music star called Tinnie Tempah. She had chosen to pitch her set on the streets of Lagos so as, according to her Instagram post, to showcase the beauty of her Lagos rather than be confined in some hole. While on the shoot, a bread seller from Sabo market strayed into the shot. Upon realizing what damage she could have done, this bread hawker became confused, perhaps a little scared, especially with boos and jeers from people who asked her to quickly get out of the set. Alas, TYBello, the photographer, signaled her to walk back into the set and asked for her photograph to be taken and she obliged. TY had seen, through her lens, diamond though very much in the rough at this time.

When I saw the pics on TYBello’s Instagram page, I was pleasantly surprised to know the bread seller concept was not pre-scripted. Kudos to TYBello for her ingenious shots.

The effect of these photos was so overwhelming that the scout for this ‘Waka Pass’ model began. Finally, she was found. She is Olajumoke, 27year old mother of two: a boy of 5 and a 2year old daughter. She can’t write or speak a word of English, she communicates in Yoruba. Though she’s not literate, today, she shares the coveted ThisDay Style Cover with the likes of Dangote, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, A’List Socialites and Celebrities, the Crème de la Crème of society,

From a most indigent background, Olajumoke left Osun State where she was a hair dresser, to come to Lagos in search of the Golden Fleece, hawking bread 7times a week with a profit of 200 naira daily.

Even with two children, she didn’t fold her hands and beg for hand-outs, she hawked her way into her destiny.

She was the Golden Fleece that TYBello was going to search for.

In no time, with a make-over, the gold in her is brought to fore and shone in her pictures that have gone viral on the internet.

TYBello has proved with this story that we can create positive movement for one another without waiting for government (government should play their role though). It’s obvious that most of the people who walk around the streets have gold in them; they are all waiting on a gold digger to dig it up.

Nobody is ever useless, no matter the condition you find yourself, no condition is permanent, as long as you are not lazy.

This is the moral of Olajumoke’s story.

People pray to God to meet them at the point of their needs but they need to know that God is waiting to meet them at the point where they are making use of that which is in their hands. Hard work and tenacity will always win “it” for you.

Opportunities are all around us everyday but we seize them (or not) by time and chance.

19 Comments

  1. Uju Lilian Ikegbune

    February 9, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Charlie Man has nailed it for me, he has said it all in addition to what I said on my Blog here ethniques.blogspot.com.ng/2016/02/monday-random-grace-meets-hustle-and.html
    This quote killed it for me: Nobody is ever useless, no matter the condition you find yourself, no condition is permanent, as long as you are not lazy . Thanks charlie

  2. Someonecute

    February 9, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Well said charly boy. The pretty lady just signed a modelling contract, I’m so happy for her. Hardwork meets grace.

  3. 'Deola

    February 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    And the story, as told, is ..”.she ‘hawked’ her way into her destiny” while on her daily hustle. I just love the word, hawk, in here. That said, a city biographer would wonder about modern Lagos and the characters that inhabit it, and the economy, informal and formal, that makes it tick.

    Could it be possible to create an economy that gives people that work very hard an opportunity to go from being a bread seller to owning a bakery.? I mean that ladder of opportunity. The stories of Jumoke are few and far between. Would be nice if we had opportunities for people that work really hard to make it irrespective of their background or they are literate in the western sense.

    Great story nevertheless. Back then, the story was Tinie Tempah was a sellout for not visiting the playgrounds of the rich and famous in Abuja. Yet, it has taken a photographer’s eye for details on the everyday thing we take for granted on our streets to spot a star. Olumide should have this lady star in one of his videos.

    Abeg, make we thank God for Jumoke.

    • Tosin

      February 9, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      word! ladders of opportunity, so that this happens every minute. Amen.

  4. Annienonymous

    February 9, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Oga Charlie, Tinie Tempah is Bristish music star… not American

    • Mohammad

      February 9, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Abeg helep me tell am! Plus the story is already extra-ordinary without adding “she can’t write or speak a word of English.” Come on! She may barely speak english, but that’s hardly the same as saying she doesn’t speak or write a word of it. Especially as we know she is able to read and write yoruba.

      It may not matter to you, but subtle inaccuracies in the things you write go some way to making people lose trust in what you’re saying. But I agree with the rest of your gist.

  5. [email protected]

    February 9, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Opportunities are all around us everyday, Sometimes we don’t just know how to tap them.
    May our hardwork all meet that opportunity that would make our dreams a reality.
    TY Bello is the woman!
    And for Jumoke, I hope Nigerians don’t feed in the hype,talk about her for months and forget her by August. Wishing her the best in all she does, and, may she continue to grow from grace to grace, and avoid people that would take advantage of her.

  6. Doxa

    February 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Isee

  7. mary

    February 9, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    nice write-up oga Charley Boy, the story of this Olajumoke has proved to us all, that God indeed is ever present in every situation. nobody should lose faith. patiently waiting for Oga Charles Novia’s write-up too. i read that a modeling agency has signed her up too, from Glory to Glory, Jumoke has come to stay. God bless her.

  8. Ms jazz

    February 9, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    May God give us spiritual sight to identify our destinies from afar

  9. Naijababeii

    February 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    KAI #1,400.00 profit a wk to feed 2 children/herself plus husband, may ur light keep shinning JUMOKE. U really HAWKED urself to the top. #NOBODYISEVERUSELESS/NOCONDITIONISPERMANENT/ASLONGASUARENOTLAZY#

    • waliu

      February 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      lol @ hawk urself to the top

  10. Oversabi

    February 10, 2016 at 4:19 am

    How did we confirm that she is illiterate by not being able to speak English? Does that mean speaking and writing in Yoruba or any other ethnic language other than English is considered being illiterate? I beg to disagree! I hear the subtle yet imposing thinking of the Lugards of this world that classify all who dont imbibe the ways of the British colony barbarians and illiterates.

  11. PRECIOUS

    February 10, 2016 at 9:13 am

    i am happy that all bellanaijas are one page

  12. Dabo

    February 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Tinie Tempah is British not American

  13. Temmy

    February 10, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    She is lucky, really really blessed. I wish I could be dis lucky

  14. Olivia

    February 10, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Grace speaks, A Man that is diligent in his works, he shall stand before kings and not mere men. Thank God for Jumoke’s life. The story is really intriguing.

    • Olivia

      February 10, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Yea

  15. Omotee

    February 14, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Amazing,God still does wonders without numbers indeed!,i am inspired. It s my prayer for every one reading this that God will settle u too this year IJN, Let s just TRUST HIM MORE!

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