Atlanta Black Star reported that Olajumoke Orisaguna became a model after accidentally walking into the photo shoot of British-Nigerian recording artist Tinie Tempah.
In the beginning of February, he was in Lagos shooting with fellow Nigerian, photographer TY Bello, when Orisaguna photobombed the shoot. Orisaguna, a Nigerian bread hawker, was a hair stylist from the Osun state in Nigeria before making her big break into modeling.
BEATIFULX : WHO IS SHE.Every one has been asking if this lady is a model .. It was just perfect coincidence … She just happened to be walking by while I photographed . It happened so fast .She definitely SHOULD be a model. .. I'm happy to help her build a portfolio if she's interested .She's so beautiful and photographed so well. I'll find a way to track her down somehow . You guys can also help #lagos #doesanyonerecognizeher #okunorentwins #tinietempah @thisdaystyle #lagos #phaseone
However, many Nigerians are upset that Orisaguna is getting all of the attention — modeling contracts and endorsements — while a brilliant student with a 5.0 grade point average from the same country is overlooked.
Daniel Dada Ayodele, a graduate of Psychology from the University of Lagos, achieved the outstanding 5.0 GPA. According to Ventures Africa, “This is is the first time since the establishment of the institution, 54 years ago, that a student of the Department of Psychology would be graduating with a grade point of 5.0.”
Vice Chancellor, Professor Rahmon Bello, of the University of Lagos shared his praise via Twitter:
5.0 CGPA is an unimaginable feat, it's like a Carmel passing through a needles hole. That hommie should receive everything he desires.
— NONSO/EdoDisciples. (@midasnonso) February 25, 2016
Twitter users displayed their disgust at the lack of media attention Ayodele received:
Olajumoke got an interview on CNN. Unilag 5.0 CGPA graduate got a mention on NTA. Tell me how there wount be more hawkers than scholars?
— Agbajelola Malik (@polyhistorr) February 25, 2016
I cant believe an illiterate bread seller from d streets will probably b more successful than d guy with a 5.0 CGPA.
Life is so unfair ??
— #NotTooYoungToRun (@OWURIofficial) February 25, 2016
The outrage is based on the idea that entertainment and fashion is rewarded more than rigorous studying and good grades. In many cases that is true. Both stories are inspiring and uplifting.