•Celebrates 45th Birthday With House Warming In LAGOS
On Saturday 5th, March 2022 friends, family and well-wishers gathered in Lagos to celebrate popular London celebrity lady, Omoyemi Akanke, on the occasion of her 45th birthday. It was a 2-in-1 event because she also had her house warming.
This epitome of beauty is the brain behind “Bajinni”, that’s what she is called on Instagram. This pretty lady has worked in the Healthcare sector in the U.K.
How did the journey to be a successful woman start for Omoyemi Akanke? How and when did she relocate to the UK? How did she start her popular programme on Instagram? These and many more were the questions she answered in an exclusive interview with City People Head of INSTAGRAM, SUNDAY ADIGUN. Kindly relax and enjoy the conversation.
Let me start by congratulating you on your birthday and housewarming celebration. How did you feel about the party you had recently?
It was an exciting moment for me because it was an answered prayer. A result of the very hardworking person that I am. I felt so joyous that day. I felt so honoured by the number of people that came to celebrate with me, from far and near. I felt really happy.
Tell us about your life. Who is Ayinke?
My story is a very long one, but at the end of the day, God has been faithful. I lost my mum in 1989, (33 years ago) when I was just 12. I kept moving from one family to the other and all of them were saying they have their responsibilities too. At the end of the day, I moved down to Lagos in 1996. I started from there as a salesgirl in Ketu, which has always been my base. Gradually I stopped working for people in 1999. I started going to Onitsha to buy cloth and re-sell, moving from one office to the other. I have been my own boss since 1999. From there I moved to the security business. I had a security company called “Genesis Security”. It’s quite popular. I was selling CCTV Camera, Burglar Alarm etc.
It was tough initially, but I thank God for where I am today. I relocated to the UK in 2016. When the Buhari regime came, things were so tight; there was no business. That was why I relocated but before I relocated God has been so faithful from that time and till now, we thank God.
How do you compare life in the UK and Nigeria?
Of course, you can’t compare life here and life in the UK. Life here is where you work hard and earn little, but in life there is little work, to earn big money. It is quite different and for family purposes, it is a place where you want to raise your kids for all sorts of reasons. It’s a place I advocate for people to come to. People that are still struggling. If you are still young, but for people that know people, you can stay here. You can stay here if you know you have your connection. But for people like me that I knew nobody, I just have to relocate that time.
What has life taught you in all of these experiences?
Life has taught me to always believe in God, first of all. You can’t do anything without God, and I believe so much in destiny because everything that is happening to me I have heard them. My husband has heard them several years ago and at their own time, they are happening. God is a covenant-keeping God. He has kept his promises over my life. If God has promised to do something, God will make it possible. So, life has taught me to always believe in God. I don’t believe something is impossible. I have never given up in my life. I have never been in tight corner all my life, something will just come up. And I believe God is faithful to everybody as well. Life has taught me to always be prayerful, always be very patient and respectful. I have seen many people misbehave to their benefactors because you never can tell who will come up for you. So life has taught me to be respectful, to be prayerful, to be perseverance and all.
You are a popular vlogger in the UK, how did that evolve?
I started Bajinni when I had my daughter in the UK. I took her to my husband in the US in 2014. So, I started vlogging out of boredom. Because my husband will go to work, it was only us at home. I was just bored, then I started making videos, then later I stopped it. It was just this last year, I was going in my car and I did a normal video, like an average Ijesha person would do, like going to church and will start greeting you from one house to the other, gossip along the way to church, swearing, cursing, things like that, and behold that video just went everywhere and I was like, I just did this for fun and I sent it to like 5 or 6 people and it went viral. I said let me do another one more. I did it and that one blew everything up. That was how I started and I have not stopped since then.
What was the response from people?
I have had loads and loads of responses. People were sending me prayers, encouraging me to keep on. It’s like I speak the conk Ijesha language that lots of Ijesha in the diaspora have not heard for years. I mention some areas where they have not been in years. It’s more of a way to reach out to Ijesha people. I have got people who have not been to Ijesha in the last 40 years. So, the whole is connecting them back to their base.
What is your advice to young ladies out there?
Lots of people will advise young ladies to be hardworking and all, but at the end of the day, they are doing something else in the corner. Nobody is holy but I tell you there is no shortcut to success. I have always told my younger ones, don’t rely on any man to make your life better you can always make your own life better. My advice for all the young ladies out there reading this is just to believe in yourself. A lot of ladies have died believing that a man can make their life better, through that many ladies have been used for sacrifice. A lot of ladies are even walking corpse.
They have used their stars just because they believe their life cannot be better without a man. So, you can do something on your own as well. The Bible says, I will bless the work of your hand, it’s only when you have something doing. Forget about any man, just see what you can do for yourself.
My aunty raised 5 children without her husband. If my Aunty could raise 5 children without her husband, and without being promiscuous, and not that they were rich. So, I advise young ladies out there, just know what you are doing forget it’s the only man that can make your life better. What can you do for yourself?