When we talk about destiny, there are two major arguments. There are those who say you make your own destiny and those that say that your destiny comes through regardless of how you have lived, regardless of the sort of foundation you have laid in your life.

I have taken the liberty of sharing the dictionary definitions of the word “destiny”

  1. Something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing; lot or fortune.
  2. The predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events.
  3. The power or agency that determines the course of events.
  4. This power personified or represented as a goddess.

These two women’s’ stories seem like a remarkable wishful daydream that actually came to fruition. So was it their destiny or did they make this happen by going about their daily business but just being at the right place at the right time?

Jumoke Orisaguna

Olajumoke Orisaguna, a trained hairdresser, is a wife and mother of two. She had moved to Lagos, a cosmopolitan city in Lagos, in order to make ends meet for her family as hairdressing in her part of Nigeria wasn’t very lucrative. She decided to hawk the popularly known Agege bread on the streets of Lagos to help her husband and her older child back at home.

While hawking her bread, she unknowingly photobombed a street photo of Tinie Tempah by TY Bello. She was obviously confused as to what was going on. Some people asked her to leave while some asked her to stay. Although TY Bello’s interest was in the photograph of an Okada driver who had slowed down just before Jumoke walked into the shoot, TY asked if it was OK to take her photograph and she agreed.

Although, this wasn’t planned, it turned out to be one of the most beautiful photos in the shoot. TY Bello decided to place an ad in the area where the photo session had been carried out asking if anyone knew the Agege bread seller. She was found and that was the beginning of the new chapter of Jumoke’s life.

Felicia Ogah

Felicia Ogah hawked instant noodles (indomie) on the busy streets of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. She had sold some instant noodles to the driver of the MD of Studio 24. The MD then asked his workers to go back to look for her. The following day, she was ushered into his office where she was made up by a professional make-up artist and her pictures were taken by a professional photographer. The pictures were widely appreciated and she was asked if she would like a modelling contract. She accepted and that was how her modelling career was born.

Now, was this their destiny or did it happen just out of luck?


Amanda Love · 3rd April 2016 at 2:48 am

I think it was their destiny mixed in with a bit of luck of being in the right place at the right time. Who knows. I however believe that it’s a little bit of both.

Claire Marie Algarme · 3rd April 2016 at 7:26 am

Sometimes destiny happens, wherein you were just in the right place at the right time and the whole universe conspired to help you. I know of this Filipina model/personality who was just sweeping in their front yard and someone spotted her and she was taken in as a model. How blessed they are.

Lori · 3rd April 2016 at 9:17 am

This article and the examples provided prove that we can overcome our status if we work hard. A little bit of luck doesn’t hurt either. We should read and provide such examples more often 🙂

Pete Zafra · 3rd April 2016 at 10:22 am

Wow what an amazing and inspiring story. I think this is a perfect time to use the word “Serendipity”. lol That one happy and fortunate accident of her walking into a photo ended up her turning point in life which then led to her career as a model. Amazing! Thank you for sharing this story with us.

Bhushavali · 3rd April 2016 at 1:28 pm

Omg!! That’s an incredible story. Destiny indeed….

Fred · 3rd April 2016 at 1:36 pm

Wow, that photobombing photo of Olajumoke Orisaguna really looked amazing! She really stood tall with that heavy load on her head and her red dress just completed an awesome image.

Leke Awonuga · 3rd April 2016 at 2:35 pm

Both stories are inspirational, indeed no connection is from abroad but from above. He that looks above gets the best from God.

Katrina Centeno · 3rd April 2016 at 4:18 pm

Oh, they are so beautiful. Good job for the those who discovered them- for seeing the potential in them.

nicol · 3rd April 2016 at 4:22 pm

i read this story a while ago and i thought it was intriguing. she is stunning

Elizabeth O. · 4th April 2016 at 2:38 am

I believe in fate, but I also believe in luck. LOL. I think they were in the right place at the right time. I felt really happy for the first model, because she’s the one I read about before. This is the first time I’ve heard of Felicia’s story. I think they are both very fortunate and I hope their modelling careers last!

Mums&Babies · 4th April 2016 at 5:37 am

This is quite an inspiring story of these two ladies and appreciate that they were so positive in their life.

Shub · 4th April 2016 at 6:31 am

Inspiring stories. Kudos to these women to fight against adversities and reach the heights.

Franc Ramon · 4th April 2016 at 2:29 pm

It’s nice to see them rice from humble beginnings. We have a farmer here who became famous and had endorsement deal because he got a good photo carrying a lot of carrots.

Sunshine Kelly · 4th April 2016 at 6:11 pm

I think its Destiny, Luck and also Hard Work. These three are the perfect combination of life changer. If have destiny and luck without hard work they will not go this far. Well done to the two models who managed to change their life destiny. I m inspired.

Jason Panuelos · 5th April 2016 at 2:38 am

They really are quite beautiful and regal! These are such beautiful stories! 😀

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