The amazing story of Ali Olakanmi, young man who is living under a bridge, when a photographer from Lagos found him and with no prior modelling experience shot him for a photoshoot. Ali has now been set on a path to becoming the next big thing in the runway industry.
“Talent is universal, opportunity is not” -Rye Barcott
“Ali’s story is not unique, it’s the story of most people in and around developing nations especially in Africa. It’s hard to know if you would ever excel at being a model, if you have never had the opportunity to be a model. The day we found Ali, we weren’t specifically looking for him, we took a chance on him, he took a chance on himself and a model was born.
His story went viral few minutes after it was posted on social media. We hoped that the story would bring in all the opportunities that would allow Ali to express his innate talent. Grateful for the journey. The closed doors and open doors have brought with them valuable lessons.
Ali is willing to do what it takes to be a professional model. He puts in the work, he has grit and very hopeful this path brings him income that he can use to help his aged mother and siblings. He currently does menial jobs daily to make this happen.” – @omowunmispeaks
Donate to help moving Ali from under the bridge to a new living condition. – https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-ali-find-a-better-home-and-pursue-his-career?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer