Bread-seller turned celebrity model, Olajumoke Orisaguna in this interview with Kemi Ashefon, talked about her new found world of glitz and glamour. Read excerpts below:
Do you have any advice for girls who are in need of the kind of help you got?
Inasmuch as God brought help my way, I believe that every woman must have something doing—you must not be idle. Acquire a skill, or get a job. If I was at home, expecting someone to come and help me, God would not have visited me the way He did. That day I photo-bumped Mummy TY’s photo shoot, I was desperate to exhaust whatever was on my tray. Help does not come to you when you don’t move.
Some people have said Azuka and TY Bello want to exploit your innocence and make money off you…
No, I don’t think so. Till date, none of them has collected any money from me or whoever signs me on any contract. Immediately I came on board, I had a bank account opened in my name and I’m the only signatory. Everywhere we go for any modelling contract, Aunty Azuka insists that cash should be paid to my account and not by hand. In fact, I am the one collecting from the two women. I would go to Mummy TY’ house, play, eats and she gives me and my children things. Even Aunty Azuka does that too whenever I visit her. They don’t have my money with them and I believe whoever said that must be wicked. These are people who God used to take me to where I am today.
What have you done with the money realized so far?
I am saving money for me and also for my children’s future. Mind you, modelling is not forever and it’s seasonal. I am saving my money because I don’t want to sell bread again and I don’t want my children to suffer anymore.
Are you having more children?
Yes, but that will be a very long time from now. Right now, I have to care for my two kids and face my job and school.
How are you coping with the school, I’m sure it’s a new experience for you?
Yes, it’s entirely new but I am coping. I attend school everyday and I have good teachers. Even other students too have been nice to me. While in school, I stay in the class, read my books and always ask questions from the teachers. Friends? No, I don’t have friends there. I went them to acquire knowledge and that is what I face squarely.
Despite your new found lifestyle, you are still slim, is that deliberate?
Yes, I have a limit to what I eat because I have been told there should not be much fat on me—I’m a model. I eat rice, amala, eba etc but these have to be in moderation. Models are not supposed to be fat.
Are there dreams you nurse currently?
Yes, there are many of them. First, I want to prosper in this modelling career and have my name mentioned when important brands are assembled. Also, I want to have a bakery, where I can employ people and help others too. Also, I want to establish a hairdressing salon. Moreover, I am looking forward to being an actress.
Did you rub something on your body that particular day you photo-bumped for so much attention to have been on you?
Me? Olajumoke rubbed something? Never! I thank God for that particular day because I didn’t rub cream before rushing out of the bakery. Where would I have had time for that when customers would be waiting for my bread? I have never used fetish things in my life and never had the tiniest incision on my body—I hate having marks on my body. My parents are good Christians and I am sure the photo shoot took place just because of me. I don’t use anything—spiritual or physical. I just pray to God and thank Him.
Interview: Kemi Ashefon