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Today’s Top Influential Model: Olagbade Joseph

Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, moved to Canada in 2011. Olagbade “Ola” Joseph, 31, grew up in a polygamous household, despite being the only biological child of his mother. Each member of the family was rooted in immense love.

 

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Ola moved to Canada with the intention of creating a new and improved life for himself, never dreaming he would be where he is today. When Ola came out as an open bisexual, coming from a Nigerian religious background, Ola found it very difficult and felt very ostracized. This led him down a dark path to depression and various suicide attempts. Nevertheless, Ola’s family has been a source of positive reinforcement for loving him just as he is.

After achieving influencer and model status (+14k Followers) in 2018, Ola found a new passion to use his platform (Instagram: @Olagbad). By raising awareness and encouraging men to feel more comfortable in their own skin, he hopes to continue inspiring people. In Ola’s life, empowerment, positivity, and mental health awareness are all significant topics. Currently, Ola is one of the brand ambassadors for a skincare company called Bisc Cosmetics.

Breanne Forest

A part-time writer for Rated Viral, Breanne currently attends university in Calgary and is planning to become a social worker. In her spare time, she participates in charity events and Indigenous activism.

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16 Comments

  1. Ola is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. He is kind and considerate while always willing to help a friend anytime. If modelling was solely based on character Ola wins first place every time.

  2. One of the most amazing soul I’ve met, I can relate to his story and I’m grateful seeing how he’s pushed beyond boundaries! Always glad to have you in my corner!

  3. Most men only chase money without caring about their looks or skin ..but he tend to insure them that looking good is not only a females thing

  4. Wow firstly, your story is relatable and one must know that depression is very real and makes you wanna do so many harmful things to yourself and others around you! But thank God that you are free and using your platform to affect change and positivity within our communities.

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