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From the Streets to Stardom: Thoughts from The Jumoke Story

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had”

– Alice Sebold


We all have dreams. Every human walking the face of the earth all want to be one thing or another.  Just the same way our faces are different, so also our dreams are diverse – cutting across all human endeavors. But no matter the nightmares of harsh realities, our past, endless limitations, who we are or where we are from, our dreams are valid and the world is waiting for the actualization of it. However, life presents us with three choices; the first is the choice to either live in a dream world – a world of endless daydreams, lots of talks with no action and potentials never discovered or utilized; the second is to either face reality and let its challenges drain our willpower to keep our dreams alive, or; lastly, we can choose to either turn our dreams into reality or our reality into a dream.  Whatever you choose, remember we are all masters of our own destiny by our choice.

A perfect case of dreams coming true is Olajumoke Orisaguna, a mother of two, who is not only living the Nigerian Cinderella Story but also intends to give back to the society by helping others achieve their dreams.

Olajumoke, who become an example of a fairytale story of grass to grace in February 2016 when, as a bread seller hawking on the streets of Lagos, she accidentally photobombed U.K. pop star, TinieTempah during a photoshoot session with renowned musician and photographer, T.Y Bello.

And like a dream of the night, in a flash, her story changed forever spiraling into an unending tunnel of one good news after another. She became the sensational star model created by a photobomb, got a luxury apartment from a construction company, was featured on CNN and Huffington Post, became an ambassador for Payporte and Shirley Confectioneries, featured in an online advertisement for Stanbic IBTC bank and her list of good fortunes goes on and on. Her story remains a classic case of being in the right place at the right time and seizing an opportunity when it presents itself.

Albeit, Olajumoke has not forgotten so soon how life used to be, hence, she’s showing her compassionate nature by lending helping hands to those who need it. After celebrating her one year anniversary of being a happy accident, she reached out to some of her colleagues on the streets and donated N200,000 to 40 breadsellers in Lagos. She was also part of the search for victims of the Ogun state demolitions in which some of her fans also offered financial support. To cap her humanitarian services, Olajumoke has also stated her intention to start Olajumoke Orisaguna’s foundation.

Recently, Olajumoke launched her own reality TV show, an avenue to reach out and give back to all her fans whom she affectionately calls Jummy Stars.

For Olajumoke, impossibility is nothing and she inspires us that no matter the odds, dreams do come true. Remember, without dreams life is like a broken-winged bird that cannot fly, let’s keep our dreams alive and overcome every nightmare because of our dream.


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Khemmie Ray
A passionate writer whose world revolves around arts and aesthetics.

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