Quintessential Kenyon: Student Life, Uncut

Olubusola "Busola" Olukoya

Class of 2015
Major  —  Neuroscience
Hometown  —  Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria. (But I've lived in Lagos, Nigeria all my life.)

The correct pronunciation of my name sounds like an exclamation; "Busola!" -But don't sound like you're surprised. "Oluwabusiolawa" God has given us wealth; say it with meaning. Re-mi-mi-do-mi-do-mi-mi, like a song. The correct pronunciation of my name requires confidence and familiarity. You have to sound like you know what you're saying. And it helps to practice by throwing the sounds up a flight of stairs that lead up to someplace you don't know.  That's where I am right now, going somewhere new, with a song perpetually on my lips, finding meanings in the most disconnected occurrences and looking like I know what the hell I'm doing.  

Q is for Quia fécit mihi mágna

By Olubusola "Busola" Olukoya on December 7, 2013

Pronounced (kwi-ee-yah fay-cheat meek-hee ma-nyah)

Loosely translated to: who has done great things for me

This is one of the lines in one of my favorite Latin prayers; the Magnificat. It is the prayer of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ in thanksgiving to God for the great mercy He showed in choosing her to be the mother of His Son. I learned this prayer listening to people at church do a call and response after mass at the Catholic Church I attend in Lagos. It’s a prayer that resounds within me when I think of all the great things in my life. Especially in Junior year, when I have to apply opportunity cost in choosing the interests to pursue in the short time I have left at Kenyon.

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