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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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SHORT MAN WITH TOWERING DREAMS.

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On documents, that reflects the bio data of every individual; my height shows I am 160cm. For me however, this is nothing but a figure, another device to always differentiate and separate people. I feel though that this is part of the origin to generating low self-esteem. My emergent as a child, I never understood all of these categorisations other than identifying sexes – boy and girl, mother and father, uncles and aunts. There was no dissimilarity both of colour, shape or size but I grew older, and the obvious disparities was downright daunting. I could not fathom where there was so much casting down of people by others who thought they were more endowed or special.

I soon realised that people look down on others and were experts of sowing foul words into the lives of others, aiming to tear down their confidence for their own pleasure and control. Gratefully, I saw no barrier, no limitations, or differences. Although the world painted a different world, told me I could not achieve certain things due to inherent limitations in height, in fact, as I became a man and sought to date, many a woman pointed my height to me as a hindrance to courtship. Regardless, none of these things made me feels less of me. Actually, it spurred me on to wanting more, to breaking norms and accomplishing the seemingly reserved rights for the few they considered more astute.

I owe the source of confidence I have to the type of mother I have. She brought us up in a way that we saw no precincts, identified no impossibilities. Truly she empowered us in a way that we were oblivious of the inherent flaws in us, she would say ‘there is nothing you cannot achieve, no heights you cannot attain, and nothing you cannot have as long as you put your heart to it, work for it and commit your ways in the Lord’s.’ We built our lives realising that what the world said are pure distractions and we had to keep focus on our goals upon these sacred words.

The vantage point I stood on was not conspicuous to me until people started describing me as cocky, arrogant and effervescence in terms of needs. Someone once asked me ‘What gives you the impression that you can always have what you want?’ it was at this point that I realised that I was oozing with my beliefs; it was not just ingrained but had become an aura so visible it preceded me. There and then, I knew that it was not about being conceited or overconfident, but that I had built a shield around me so indestructible that the overbearing restrictions of the world could not reach.

Before you start to think this is an attempted smugness and an attempt to horn my trumpets, let me categorically say that it is not. This is dedicated to people like me told they cannot do something because they are ugly, fat, thin, short, illiterate, black, white, Caucasian, sonorous, squeaky, handicapped, or with any form of limitation to challenge them to break that ceiling, denounce that pronouncement and prove the world wrong!

As I always say, I am a ‘short’ man with a tall dream, with shoes to big for the tallest man to wear, with a God too big to fail. I am a man with a consuming fire to notice condemnations. A resolute man with unshakeable belief in my abilities; tell the world that you are a fat individual with dreams too big to fit into a slim body, an ugly person with a beautiful goal that mesmerises the world. Say to those who have told you that you are too black to step into that sphere of life that you have a white mission that shines too brightly for the coloured to see.

Nothing, no one, can pull you down without your consent. All they can do is speak words and nothing more. It is how you handle what they say that counts. You can decide to tailor your life according to their words or pull a stunt on them by making them the clown of the show. The lord has deposited in everyone ability to triumph above all odds. Even if government buys into this idea by proscribing certain heights to join the military, which disqualifies you, you can still make your mark in that same security field.

ADEKANYE ADEYINKA .O.