Our People: Dr. Olu Oladele

Posted by Drake, November 14, 2011

In his hometown of Edmonton, Dr. Oluseyi Oladele is a Civilian Medical Officer for the Canadian Forces. At Drake, he's off the military clock and told us why he loves visiting so much!


Drake: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Dr. O: I am a nerdy introvert who watches Mythbusters and likes TVO. But in public I bloom into a person who tries to stay interested in as much as I can. Small talk is not my forte.

When life on the beautiful prairies gets me down, I flee. So I try to visit Toronto and Montreal a few times a year. And, without exception, if I spend more than 36 hours in TO, I make a point of visiting Drake. Drake is the symbol of urban nirvana that is West Queen West. Art and attitude permeates everything. Everything demands a second look. Drake is casual in its manner, yet refined in its execution. This paradox draws people who welcome diversity and sensory bliss. I love these people! Hence, I love Drake.

Drake: We heart you right back! Do you have a favourite Drake memory?

Dr. O: Every time I visit, a certain hotel manager makes a point of having a drink with me. Those 10-200 minutes are touching, witty, positive, and profound. They set the tone for the rest of my stay in Toronto, in fact. I ultimately left Toronto with amazing clothes, music, and memories. Another conversation revealed I needed to let loose. So some staff took little old me around local bars and another kind staff member ensured my cab waited for me in the morning while I prettied myself up and had the least memorable flight of my life. A stay at the Drake is like social yoga: regenerative.

Drake: Sounds like a fun night! If you could invite anyone to a Drake dinner (dead or alive) who would you munch a Drake burger alongside or sip a mojito with?

Dr. Olu: Easy. Sam Jackson.

Drake: Haha, good answer! See you next time you stay with us, Dr. O.

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