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”
- Something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing; lot or fortune.
- The predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events.
- The power or agency that determines the course of events.
- 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?
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 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?