My Story: Eva Mariam Banjo


I  Am  Flexible

Eva Mariam Banjo, an ex-model, who broke into limelight in 2012. In this chat with Tosin Clegg, talks about modeling, her career and more

Who is Mariam Banjo?

I am a native of Ogun State but based in Lagos. I am a flexible person and a good thinker. My interests are cooking, music and reading. I also love adventure, travelling and meeting people.


When did your career start?

I started modelling when I was about 18 years old. I was introduced to modelling by a friend and it was quite fun and a bit stressful, I must say. I’ve modelled for MTN and some other fashion brands in the past and I was the second runner up of Miss Ekimogun cultural beauty pageant in 2012.


What are you doing now?

At the moment, I am an entrepreneur, the CEO of Eva’s Shawarma & Grill. We make shawarma, grilled chicken, smoothies, cocktails, sandwiches, etc. Eva’s Shawarma & Grill is an establishment with a whole new dimension to catering.


Who are your role models?

My role model is Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija. She is hardworking and inspires me a whole lot and I love her philanthropic nature. My mentor is my mother, Mrs. Peace Banjo. I would say she carved me into who I am today. I cannot thank her enough. 


Where do you see yourself in five years?

I’m really passionate and committed to what I do and five years down the road I see myself being a big player in the hospitality business.