It is often said that when opportunity meets preparation, it leads to success. With the emergence of social media in Nigeria, some citizens had the opportunity to knock on their doors and when the light came to them, they did their best to use the opportunity. Daily Trust on Saturday highlights some ordinary Nigerians who have become internet giants and caught the attention of Nigerians.
Orisagunna Jumoke (Oni Bread)
Orisagunna rose to fame after accidentally getting into a photo session while selling ‘Agege bread’. He ended up taking pictures of international star Tinie Tempah by the famous photographer TY Bello and the filming started quickly.
His fortune grew as he began receiving endorsement deals, production deals, tours and scholarships.Jumoke became famous after a remarkable transformation that turned him from trash to grace. It became a topic of discussion even on a global scale.
However, the model’s problems started when she had a conflict with Sunday Orisagunna, the father of her children. He said that once fame and fortune found him, he insulted him. Her painful modeling career has had its share of setbacks.
Since then, Jumoke has been out of the public eye. In addition, the mother of two has deleted all her social media accounts. The most recent update on them was in 2019, except for his Facebook page, which was updated in 2020.
In the year 2020, a girl who went to Ilorin for the Eid celebration saw two blue-eyed sisters named Kaosarat and Hassanat. He later found out that their mother, Risiqot Ayegbami, had the same unique personality. It didn’t take long for their photos to spread on social media, especially when she found out that their father had abandoned them because of his blue eyes.
Their life was good when a famous photographer, Mofe Bamuyiwa, captured some rare and beautiful images of the family. The wife of the Kwara State President, Olufolake Abdulrazaq, and the wife of the former Senate President, Toyin Saraki, also contributed by donating an initial amount of N250,000 each for the upkeep of the family. In accordance with his wish, he announced the scholarship for the admission of the two children to Roemichs International School.
Risiqot’s husband quickly changed his mind and decided to stay with the family because of the good care they received.
Mary Daniel, an amputee, caught the attention of Nigerians after a young man was seen running “satchet water” on the streets of Oshodi despite his disability. He became famous on social media in an instant.
Mary has said in several interviews that her leg was amputated as a result of a car accident that killed her parents when she was a small child. She said the incident forced her to drop out of school to support her new baby and her elderly grandmother.
His ordeal led many Nigerians to donate to him, and the state government gave him temporary shelter. He handed over a N17.5m house which was bought with donations from generous people both within and outside Nigeria. He completed a sachet water factory in the building.
Oreofeoluwa Lawal aka Mummy calmed down
Oreofeoluwa Lawal became a Twitter trend in 2020 after a video of him begging his mother to stop hitting him for whatever he did wrong went viral.
The four-year-old boy and his mother, Toluige Olokoobi Babalola, did not know that the video would become popular and attract the attention of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.
Young Lawal made his Nollywood debut after a popular TV show when he starred in Kunle Afolayan’s movie ‘Swallow’. He now has a social media account where he keeps his followers updated on his whereabouts.
In January 2022, Ekuma Jeremiah, a water distributor in Lagos State became an internet star beyond his wildest dreams. Jeremiah was seen handing over money to various inmates in a Nigerian National Correctional Service (NCS) vehicle in a video captured by a driver identified as Emmanuel Ojo.
Many Nigerians were shocked by the water seller’s decision to give the convicts a small profit from his business.
Billionaire businessman Obi Cubana gave him the scholarship and his monthly income of N100,000. Daddy Freeze and Obi Cubana accompanied him to pick up his acceptance letter. Jeremiah is currently a student at Ebonyi State University, studying for his first degree in Law.
On March 3, 2022, a video of two security guards at the Chicken Republic dance hall went viral online. The vigilantes, known as The Happy Boys, are seen dancing to Pheelz and Buju’s club song, Finesse, in the video.
Although everyone loves to watch them dance, rumors spread that they were fired as security guards. In a letter they released, Chicken Republic denied the allegations that they were fired.
According to a statement posted on their official Instagram accounts, the two security guards in the video work for a private security business.
However, the General Manager of Omega Power Ministries, Chibuzor Chinyere, gave them financial support. Kaleb, a young man who created a popular video, received an opportunity to study. They also got a job from the Special Assistant to the Delta State Governor, Ossai Ovie Success.
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