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(Miami Shores, FL) February 7, 2022 - Barry University‘s College of Nursing and Health Sciences is proud to showcase a celebration of Black History Month with a touching alumni tribute. The joy of one incredible alum overcoming family trauma, then going on to secure a prestigious healthcare administrative fellowship is certainly noteworthy, but when a brother and sister both accomplish these feats, it’s a story we are honored to share.
The film, “The Durojaiye Siblings: A Shared Journey of Dreams” will premiere on February 19, 2022 at 7:00 pm. Assistant Professor, Dr. Jeffrey Ritter, will host the event and lead a Q&A with the Durojaiye Siblings, and Oyinkansola Ogunrinde, president of the American College of Healthcare Executives of South Florida (ACHE-SFL), immediately following the film.
The documentary is part of month-long celebration, which includes over twenty events happening across the Barry University campus. Each event is part of a larger commitment that the university has made to create an educational community that honors diversity, is free from racism, and actively engages in building a better world through learning, teaching, research, and self-reflection.
Dr. John McFadden, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, had this to say, “It is exciting to know our college has been part of creating this first-ever documentary highlighting two former CNHS graduate students. I am grateful these distinguished alums are willing to share their journeys with the world. I think many who watch this film will see qualities within themselves exemplified in siblings Bukky and Dapo. I believe their grit and dedication to reaching their dreams will inspire you. It is stories like this that showcase the pride we have in our students and their incredible commitment to improving both healthcare and the lives of others,” Dr. John McFadden, Dean.
About The Film
The film takes us on a journey, as the Durojaiye Siblings take a chance on a U.S visa lottery, move together to the United States and succeed first in banking, then in a dual master’s degree program at Barry University, which propels each to a competitive fellowship opportunity at prestigious U.S. hospitals.
The film, written by Zac Rigg and filmed by Antonio Paris and Francisco Roa, introduces Olubukola (Bukky) and Oladapo (Dapo) Durojaiye. Along with their immediate family members, the pair entered the Nigerian lottery taking a chance for a future in America. As luck would have it, the siblings were both selected and moved together to Missouri in July 2014. Learning a new culture and creating connections proved an arduous task, but through commitment and determination they created a path full of integrity, dedication and an obvious passion for helping others.
Starting part-time, then promoted to full time, the siblings both earned promotions and started bright futures in banking. Dapo enjoyed bankingbut wanted to return to his original career plan – to work in healthcare, so he researched and started the Master of Science in Health Services Administration and Master of Science in Public Health, a dual degree program at Barry University. Intrigued, Bukky was quick to enroll in the dual degree program as well and their experiences ignited a formidable desire that could not be extinguished.
Watching this film, viewers will see how their journey unfolds and undoubtedly be inspired by their commitment to family, culture, education and fellow humans. A testament that with hard work and dedication, dreams can indeed come true.
About The Filmmakers
Francisco Roa (Producer)
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Roa graduated with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. He has over 30 years of experience in the production of audiovisuals, commercials, televisions shows and full-length movies. He has received national and international recognition and awards in the advertising industry: ANDA, Ojo de Iberoamérica Awards, FIAP, and NY Festival. He is the founder and executive producer of multiple film production companies, and demonstrates extensive experience in project management, personnel management and customer service. Roa has worked with important brands in Latin American and the US. He is currently the executive producer and director of La Barra Films Corporation in Miami, FL.
Antonio Paris (Director, Editor, Creative Producer)
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Antonio has been a creative producer for over 18 years. His resume includes producing content for cable networks in Latin America including Canal Sony, AXN, Universal Channel, SyFy, Studio Universal and E! Entertainment Television. He has also worked with agencies for big brands including Netflix, Chase Bank, Diageo, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Airbnb, GMC, Sears Mexico, Saks Fifth Avenue Mexico and Procter & Gamble Prestige. Paris was awarded the Emmy Suncoast Chapter, Clio Entertainment Award, El Ojo de Iberoamérica PR Award, Impact DOCS Award and Festival of Media LATAM.
About Barry University
Barry University was founded in 1940, and is a Catholic institution of higher education in Miami Shores. Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, we are a scholarly community committed to the highest academic standards in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. A Barry education and university experience foster individual and communal transformation where learning leads to knowledge and truth, reflection leads to informed action, and a commitment to social justice leads to collaborative service.
About the Dual Degree Program
The Master of Science in Health Services Administration and Master of Public Health dual degree program (MSHSA-MPH) is a seven (7) semester graduate education program offered through the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Division of Graduate Clinical Sciences and Health Management Programs. The MSHSA-MPH dual degree program offers a high-quality educational experience that provides students with the opportunity to learn the analytical and organizational skills necessary to solve complex problems and collaborate with other professionals to meet the public health needs of a multicultural community in a safe and ethical manner. Additionally, students explore the concept of social justice and strategies for combating health disparities nationally and internationally.