The Principal describes himself as “a disciple of Martin Luther-King”, whom he quoted extensively in his installation speech. So it seems fitting that one of the Homerton students graduating at his first ceremony should be his hero’s namesake.
Ola, who grew up in Accra, Ghana, studied Project Management for Construction at UCL, before coming to Homerton in 2019 to begin an MPhil in Real Estate Finance.
“It’s such a welcoming place,” she says of the College. She already knew it by reputation as her sister, Atinuke, completed a BA in Chemical Engineering at Homerton in 2010. So when the time came for Ola to select a College, there was really just one option.
Unfortunately, her time on campus was all too brief. After two terms, as she was packing to return home for Easter, the news came that students would be learning from home following the break. Ola completed the rest of her degree remotely from Accra.
“Nothing can compare to being on campus with your peers,” she says. “But it was as good an experience as it could have been.”
Ola hopes to make a career building hotels, and is currently applying for a Masters degree in Hospitality Management at the Ecole hȏtelière de Lausanne, in Switzerland.
But first, there’s a return visit to Cambridge to enjoy, with a weekend of celebrating her success with the whole family, as she follows in her sister’s footsteps through the Senate House.