Try pronouncing the name correctly.
Oh lah tee day. Oh goon fee dee tee mee.
The name belongs to Wilson High School's starting quarterback.
"Wilson is an international school with over 70 different nationalities," said head Coach Horace Flemming. "So I see a lot of rare names on my roster every year. But the name Ogunfundimitimi -- it took me over a year to learn how to say it right. I had to get permission last year from his mother to call him Olagoon."
Ogunfundimitimi, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior, was born and raised in the District of Columbia and speaks English without an accent. His father, Oladejo, is a native of Nigeria and gave Olatide the African name that translates to "Honor".
His son is a subject of honor, glory and respect at Wilson. On the football field, Ogunfundimitimi has led Wilson to three straight victories after seven defeats and is the Tigers' leading scorer with 36 points. Off the field, he is interested in computer science and engineering, and has a 3.38 grade-point average.
"I think my name sometimes draws more attention than my play on the field," said Ogunfundimitimi. "There aren't too many people that I know who can pronounce it correctly. Every instructor I've had since kindergarden never could pronounce it right. So everyone just calls me Ola."
"I never considered changing my name but if I did, I would change it to Olufolade. That's my brother's name," he said. "But I'm very proud of my name."
Ogunfundimitimi, a starting running back the previous two seasons, took over the quarterback spot three weeks ago when two-year starter Patrick Keegan suffered a back injury late in the final quarter as Wilson lost, 21-13, to Coolidge.
Ogunfundimitimi, who caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Keegan in the Coolidge game, also threw his first touchdown pass, a six-yarder to receiver Ronald Proctor. Since that throw, he has gained confidence.
In his first start, against Cardozo, he completed eight of 14 passes, including a 48-yard touchdown pass to end Lawrence Brown, and, more impressively, scored on a 22-yard run with 38 seconds remaining to lead Wilson to a 25-19 victory. The triumph ended a two-year, nine-game losing streak for Wilson.
Ogunfundimitimi efforts again proved the margin of victory in overtime against Dunbar. He scored on a one-yard dive that gave Wilson a 14-6 decision.
Last Friday, Ogunfundimiti led Wilson to yet another dramatic victory to end the season. He scored on a one-yard plunge that gave Wilson a 6-3 overtime win over McKinley.
"Yeah, he has an unusual name, but, call him what you want, Ogunfiditimi can play football," said Flemming. "We miss his running and catching, but he makes up for it as a leader. He's an excellent athlete who can play almost any position."