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Pragmatic, reserved and a deep thinker who loves family, sports especially football where am married to two wives: the first, AC Milan who has my loyalty and the second wife, Manchester United who has all my undying love and pampering, lifestyle and society parties. Need I say the law is more than a profession but a lifestyle for me.

Adekanye Adeyinka Olajide.

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Isn't it amazing how our generation seems to be on a rapid decline and how we have substituted firm ideologies and moral values for decadence. Justifying wrongs with plausible excuses all being put on the society or environment. But in reality, norms are being traded because our generation have now idolised money. Even though many say if money is the root of all evils, they want the whole root; truly, the love of money is the root of all problems. I do not want to be misconstrued about the significance and pertinent role money plays in our lives as individuals and collectively as a group. It is with money that we give ourselves a meaningful and worthy life. Nothing beats being able to afford what you need at a given time. Trust me even I love the good life and the nostalgic feelings it gives my soul. Nothing can beat that. I will however not be desperate about anything or going out of the God box to earn a happy sum of it.

It is worrying how labour is lost and there is only a growing sense of entitlement to the 6 inches silhouette shoes, the best clothes, finest diamonds and gold with the sleekest Porsche cars to ride together with a mansion to live in and maids to tend to them. Nothing wrong in riding a mustang or a G-wagon (brabus edition); the only thing queried is the desire to own all these without doing anything to earn the right to deserve them and that's the major reason our young men have taken the fast lane to get them by going into dealing in drugs, rituals, cyber crimes of all sorts hence they buy the most sophisticated cars with moneys earned by fraudulent means all because of misplaced values and desire to fly when they ought be crawling. Nobody wants to labour to earn money anymore.

Even the society celebrates crooks amidst mediocrity, shutting down those who worked to earn their little. No wonder in the mist of plenty, we lack because we've entrusted our treasures in the hands of scoundrels who believe looting is the order of the day and thus hand the baton to our generation.

Indeed we must retrace our steps and seek the face of God. The world has abandoned the word (the bible says: The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.) and run from pillar to post searching for answers that lie within. The general excuse now is that "children of our generation are different" which is correct as we are in a jet age where information can be gotten at the snap of the finger but though men change, time differs, God is the same. Parents in the United Kingdom now complain that children don't seek for counsel from them anymore as they can get whatever they want on google. In nigeria and africa by extension where we ran a closely knitted family system that instilled fear and discipline has now given way for waywardness and immoral acts. But that is no excuse not to train up your children in the way of the Lord for when they grow up they won't depart from it.

I remember growing up, our parents communicated with us even with the use of the eyes. I was trained never to collect anything from anyone nor talk to a stranger. You must not look into the eyes of an older person; when being spoken to you had to have your hands at your back, heads down and after being beaten say: "thank you, I won't do that again and God bless you." Funny as it may sound these values helped shaped my life positively. Values that shielded me from trailing the paths of destruction. Confidence was instilled in me and I got my huge self esteem from my upbringing. Much values were placed in hard work; we were rewarded for cleaning the house, for keeping our rooms clean with kisses, hugs and sweets. No matter how minute our rewards were, we cherished them. Our parents took us on treats and trips for coming first. Hard work and labour for glory was entrenched in us.

Today however, is a different story altogether. As predicted by the scriptures:  O generation, see ye the word of the Lord. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee? Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number. Like the Israelites of old, we have forsaken God and beguiled ourselves. Am of the view that if this can be our guide: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Then we can reconcile with our heart and begin to do away with idleness, while embracing hard work, sacrifice which bring about merits!

- Adekanye Adeyinka Olajide.