Nigerian Boy Who Used to Sell Rice in Lagos Cries after Achieving Dream of Becoming Top Model

Nigerian Boy Who Used to Sell Rice in Lagos Cries after Achieving Dream of Becoming Top Model

  • A Nigerian boy who used to sell rice on the streets of Lagos has realised his dream of becoming an international model
  • A video showed him crying uncontrollably as he reminisced over his unexpected growth within a short time
  • Social media users stormed the comments section to congratulate the young boy over the huge feat

A resilient Nigerian boy, Matthew, has inspired netizens on the TikTok app with his grass-to-grace story.

Matthew, now an international model, grew up selling rice on the island of Lagos, Nigeria.

Rice seller in tears as he becomes top model
Rice seller becomes international model Photo credit: @LawModelsAfrica/TikTok.
Source: TikTok

Rice seller becomes top model

An agency found him and noticed that he had the impressive facial and body features of a model.

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He underwent modelling training, and from there, he rose to the limelight and became a top star in the industry.

A throwback video shared on the TikTok app by @LawModelsAfrica showed him selling rice along a street in Lagos state.

Another clip showed him crying uncontrollably as he reminisced on his growth into an international model.

The video was captioned:

"From selling rice on the island to international model."

Reactions as rice seller becomes top model

Social media users stormed the comments section on TikTok to react to the video.

@dayo said:

"So happy for him, Matthew gonna walk all the show. Matthewparisfashionweek."

@samaddy00 said:

"This is d guy selling food at agungi ajaran lekki bus stop, my gee. God bless ur new transformation."

@Arab currency wrote:

"Chai I wish him grace because abroad no be child's play, if you have traveled before or you are currently outside you will understand what am saying."

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@Gloria Ogechukwu said:

"Ohh God remember me and my family. This is what I need so I can take care of my mummy."


"Congratulation dear". The lord is your strength. It is not easy out here but by his grace you shall have testimony and everlasting joy."

@omo said:

"Awwwwww. Congratulations bro. More of it in Jesus name. Lord remember me too and my loved ones. Go and excel bro."

@ThisisChris said:

"It's never too late. It will surely happen. Better days is here already."

@shining star TINA added:

"Thank go he found his career. No go paper with old oyibo. Remember you special wish u all the best young man. May God bless."

Watch the video below:

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a young lady rose from the ashes of stigmatisation and mockery to live her dream and inspire people on social media.

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Adelaja Ewawunmi, who grew up ashamed of the freckles and vitiligo that gave her skin a mixed look, is now a model for international brands and a video vixen.

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