STORY BY MOLLY ADAMSON
A student sits in his dorm room, stressed out beyond belief. He needs to destress, and he needs to do it now. So he logs onto YouTube, pulls up the Drake Question videos and has a good laugh at others’ stupidity instead of his own. And it feels good.
Or at least, that’s what the purpose of Drake Questions is, says Ore Arogundade, creator of the humorous videos.
Before moving to Des Moines to attend Drake University pursue a degree in broadcasting and participate on the university’s varsity basketball team, Argoundade emigrated from his home country of Nigeria to the United States. He is a first-year student, but he is already well known around campus.
The videos show Argoundade with other Drake students asking them what appears to be simple questions, such as “Who’s on the dollar bill?” and “How many stars are on the American flag?” As easy as these questions may seem, many of the people who are asked in the video get the answers wrong.
Argoundade explained, “My partner Hunter Hoopes and I were watching this thing on YouTube called Questions and we thought why not remake the whole show and bring it to Drake and that’s how Drake Questions started.”
Argoundade and Hoopes, a first-year marketing major, met because they live across the hall from each other in Morehouse. Hoopes said Argoundade would stop by his room repeatedly, and they became close friends instantly.
“My job is to shoot and help run the social media outlets. My favorite part is working alongside one of my best friends. We work off each other in a way that whenever we are together we always crack up laughing,” Hoopes said.
Mitchell Klocke, one of the students in the second Drake Questions video, also spoke fondly of Argoundade.
“I wanted to be a part of the video because I watched them film and edit the first edition of it, and I was insanely jealous. I thought that I could do so much better than the others. Plus, it’s always fun taking part in whatever shenanigans Ore is up to,” Klocke said.
“Hunter and I first come up with questions that we think might be funny or stump people but at the same time be a easy question that everyone should know. The people who are in it are chosen at random and when I say random I mean going up to them and asking if they would like to be in the video. I edit the videos using two softwares-Adobe Premiere and iMovie,” Argoundade said.
Argoundade always enjoys making the videos, although he can point out some of his favorite parts.
“My favorite moment of the whole show would definitely have to be the Drake security guard. He had one of the funniest responses. Drake student Briaimah Tayo Iawal was also funny when he answered the question ‘How many stars are on the American flag?’ with ‘24’ then preceded to change his answer to ‘14’,” he said.
The Drake security guard Argoundade references was in the second video. Before being interviewed, he attempts to cover up his badge so as not to be recognized as Drake security, and then he proceeds to answer many of the questions wrong.
Plans for future Drake Question videos include a professor edition, a Des Moines streets edition and even the possibility of branching out to other universities, such as Iowa State University.
While Argoundade may seem like he has everything perfectly under control, he is just another college student along with being a college athlete.
“The hardest part is trying to get it done in the time I say I will put it out, especially trying to balance basketball and school work with this, its hard to stay on top of it,” he said.
He seems to be doing a good job of it though, and he continues to make Drake students laugh during study breaks. Look for the next Drake Questions video coming out in the near future on Argoundade’s YouTube channel OA Productions.