We met at King's – A fresher's fair to remember

Sophie (née Hudson) (European Studies, 2006) and Adedoyin (Doyin) Ogunbiyi (Geography, 2005) first spotted each other over the crowds at the Strand Campus Freshers’ Fair in 2002. They met just a few days later at the gym and it was the start of something wonderful.

Sophie: For me, it was love at first sight, or at least I can say I knew as soon as I saw him that he would play a significant role in my life.

Doyin: Sophie didn’t know this at the time but I came to university with the hope I’d meet the person I’d marry and grow old with, so I was primed for a positive introduction. We’d seen each other a few times around the university in that first couple of weeks and we’d ‘exchanged a lot of eyes’.

Sophie: We were both really active as student ambassadors for King’s, and I have really fond memories of being student mentors in London schools and welcoming prospective students to King’s – sometimes working together, which was a really special thing to do.

Doyin: I enjoyed having someone I could create special, lasting moments with. Most of all, though, we’d often be up late at night pondering life’s great questions together.

Sophie: I went on to start my career in political consultancy at a PR firm. For the last 10 years, I have been working in government affairs for a world-leading automotive manufacturer. In 2018, I was shortlisted as one of the ‘Top 100 British Women in the Automotive Industry’ by Autocar. It was the highlight of my career so far.

Doyin: I’m currently Associate Director of Finance at one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, but it’s interesting to note that it’s not just my academic and professional life that King’s really helped with. During my studies, I rekindled my interest in aikido, a Japanese martial art. I’ve gone on to represent Great Britain at many international tournaments.

Sophie: We got married on 29 August 2009 in the King’s College London Chapel on the Strand. It was a magnificent day, full of laughter, love and fun. Bringing together our Nigerian and Irish-Scottish-English cultures made for a very vibrant, colourful and dynamic wedding day. Since we got married, we enjoyed four years of wedded bliss before we were blessed with the arrival of our first daughter, who was followed two and a half years later by her younger sister. There is never a dull moment in our house and filling our home with children has been the greatest privilege and adventure we could have ever asked for.


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