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We should be considered as 37th state of Nigeria – Hon. Gbandi



Hon Kenneth Gbandi holds critical credentials in Peace Research and Conflict Mediation with focus on dialogue, conflict mitigation, integration and Diaspora demographic civil rights. He has served in Hamburg Senate’s Foreigners Advisory Council as Chairman of Anti-Discrimination Committee for three years. He is the Director of the German Federal Government African-German Information Center for social business and recognition of migrants’ certificates. He runs Heritage Media Network, one of the major African – European Media Networks in Germany & German speaking regions of Europe. Since 2015, Hon. Gbandi is a member of the German-African Communication Concept Committee for German Foreign Affairs, Africa division dealing with migration of Africans to Europe, a project supported by German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hon. Kenneth Gbandi was first elected as Chairman of NIDO Europe in 2016 in Athens, Greece and was re-elected as the Chairman during the AGM of the organization in Austria in Nov. 2018 for the historic two terms, the first to achieve this feat since the establishment of NIDO Europe 19 years ago. Hon. Gbandi is also co-founder/1st Sport Director of Nigerian Football Club Germany (NCG FC), founder and Executive Director, Miss Africa Germany and Miss Nigeria Germany organization.  Hon. Kenneth Gbandi has been inundated with Awards after Awards for his leadership and Diaspora engagement, including; Ghana-Nigeria Diaspora Man of the Year 2019 for Most impactful Leadership and engagement; Leadership & Achievement Awards 2019 from the Nigerian Community Germany;  Diaspora Man of the Year for 2016 (The Voice Achievers Award), The Netherlands; Best International Creative Director of the Year, Sunrise Foundation, Dublin, Ireland (2016), Best Diaspora Organizer/Organization, African Union African Diaspora (AUADS) Embassy of South Africa, Berlin, Germany (2014); African Community Ambassador Award, UK/Bremen (2014); Best Media/Promoting Black Heritage Culture and Awareness, Atlanta USA (2013), Fink TV Special Award 2013, TIDE und Studio, Germany; Nigerian European Union (NEW) Best Publishers Award 2015, Malaga, Spain and Best African Media in Germany, African Youths Foundation, Bonn, Germany (2009) among others


ANS: The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe is the European arm of a global Nigerian Diaspora network. Facilitated by the Federal Government of Nigeria to represent the interests of all Nigerians in the Diaspora including also NIDO Americas, NIDO Asia, and NIDO Africa as continental organizations. NIDO Europe was established in the year 2000 and registered in England and Wales in 2002 under the Companies Act. The organization’s Headquarters is located at the Nigerian High Commission, Nigeria House 9, Northumberland Avenue London from where it serves its 20 Regional Chapters in 19 European Countries. 


ANS: The central vision of NIDO Europe is to bring Nigerians living in Europe together and to identify those willing to offer their skills (Education, Information Technology, Health, Economic, science, Administration, Law, Political and Corporate Governance, Management etc.) to assist Nigeria’s national development. Once you identified group of individuals with a common goal, the task becomes easier. These skills are urgently needed in developmental projects by both government and non-governmental organisations in Nigeria. NIDO Europe as a result requires those Nigerians living in Europe who can afford to spend a period of time in Nigeria to contribute their skills to help Nigeria’s developmental process. NIDO Europe provides the unique opportunity for Nigerians living in Europe to learn to work and collaborate with one another in the task of nation building of our homeland. The organisation strongly believes that Nigerians in Europe can make significant contributions towards homeland development through programs, policies, and advocacy to harness their talents, expertise, and resources for Nigeria’s development and nation building.

To be effective in the management of the organization, you have to adopt the best policies that strengthen the structure of the organization. The Organization is governed by an elected Central Executive Council (CEC), who are fit, proper and accomplished individuals drawn from its membership and representing diverse professions. The highest organ of NIDOE is the General Assembly made up of members across Europe. The Board of Trustees (BOT) members who are drawn from all elected members of the Central Executive Council (Officers) and all the elected Chapter Chairpersons of the existing and validated Chapters have the oversight function.  Central Advisory Board or the Patrons made of accomplished individuals whose pedigrees are adjudged imperative in the further organisational development of NIDO Europe and drawn from within the membership of NIDOE and outside NIDOE membership representing diverse professions help to resolve issues within the organization and carry out lobby functions. With such a strong structure and visionary leadership organizing NIDO Europe has been an interesting challenge. 


ANS: The signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) on behalf of Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari at the 12th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Niamey, Niger Republic was seen as a historic one not only for Nigeria but Africa as a whole, paving the way to what many described as the birth of world’s largest free trade zone since the formation of the World Trade Organization in 1995. The expectations are that the vast potentials of the continent of Africa will finally be let lose for the rapid development of the continent and its fast-growing population. We will hope that the comparative advantages of various African countries will lead to rapid progress and development through a healthy cooperation rather than competitions. The hope is also that the main focus now is the setting of mechanisms for improving a collective African trade condition not only within the continent but also with the Europe and the rest of the world. There are however fears in some quarters that Nigeria may not fully benefit from the Free Trade. The argument is that the two major components that drive Nigeria’s productivity index are the manufacturing industries and the farming sector and unfortunately not at their best potentials. While African Free Trade will be “a dream come through” to a huge market, the question from most critics are if these critical sectors, either manufacturers or agriculturists have satisfactorily met the consumer´s demands of about 200 million in Nigerian in the first place. My take is that, while we revel the potentials of African Continental Free Trade Agreement, Nigeria must quickly address the areas of these shortcomings if we are to fully enjoy the benefit of African Continental Free Trade Agreement


ANS: The optimal question should probably be how can we help Nigeria benefit from this agreement? Like I already stated that members of NIDO Europe are practicing professionals and Businesspeople with years of experience in various fields of profession accustomed to best international practice. They possess the skills that are urgently needed in the areas of policy formulation, manufacturing industries and farming sector that will be needed in further developmental projects both by government and non-governmental organisations in Nigeria towards realizing the full potentials of the Trade agreement. 

How can the diaspora help in the political evolution of Nigeria? Why do you think voting in the diaspora can make Nigeria develop politically? 

ANS: Let me start by emphasizing that Diaspora Voting is not about what I think or what I don’t think, but the fact that it is a fundamental right of all Nigerians, including Nigerians in the Diaspora. So it is actually irrelevant if Diaspora Voting will help develop Nigeria or not but a fundamental right which we wish to and want to exercise. But having said that, let me say in affirmative that Diaspora Voting will go a long way to stabilize the political process in Nigeria. The independence of the Diaspora will mean that they are more likely to be more objective in their voting pattern without stomach infrastructure considerations, thereby helping support and influence the voting of individuals with good developments policies. Another major argument for the full political participation is the obvious facts of their contributions to the economic development of Nigeria. The BUSINESSDAY special report of 10 June 2019, summarizes the crucial role of the Diaspora in sustaining the Nigerian economy. According to data provided by the Central Bank, Diaspora remittances (cash sent back home by Nigerian emigrants) first outpaced oil revenue in 2015, as the $21.2 billion sent home officially by Nigerians abroad surpassed the $19.6 billion oil export proceeds for those twelve months. In the years through a recession-tainted 2016 and 2017 as well as last year, the trend continued. In 2016 and 2017, Nigerians abroad sent home $19.7 billion and $22 billion respectively, which were higher than the $10.4 billion and $13.4 billion garnered from oil exports in the same period. “The only thing holding up the economy is the Diaspora; Andrew Nevin, the chief economist at consulting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers concluded that if Nigeria did not have this massive flow of remittances, he is pretty sure the economy would collapse. A constituency that is holding up the economy of a country from collapse have the unquestionable right to also participate in choosing those that set the political and economic policies. I will use this opportunity to once again call on INEC, the National Assembly and the Executive to write their tenure and names in Gold by working together to set in motion the necessary guidelines for Diaspora voting for 2023. 

How can the diaspora help in the political evolution of Nigeria? Why do you think voting in the diaspora can make Nigeria develop politically? 

ANS: I can only repeat myself again. It makes no difference if out votes will be the political messiah that Nigeria is waiting for.  Diaspora Voting is a fundamental right. We can brainstorm and do the analysis at the appropriate time. Going a university or acquiring a collage education or developing oneself does not guarantee you a good Job, but it will be foolish for anyone to use the excuse of non-guarantee of a good not to try to develop oneself. 

What expectations do you have from the newly created diaspora commission?

ANS: We have over 22 Million Nigerians in the Diaspora, NIDCOM is expected to help drive and implements policies that will galvanize the potentials of the Nigerian Diaspora and act as interface between the Government and the Diaspora for the attainment of homeland developmental goals in a mutually beneficial fashion. Following the Nomination and confirmation of the Chairman of NIDCOM, I will hope that the members of the Governing Body should also follow without delay to quickly help draw up a broad based strategic plan, a 3-4 year plan that nonetheless will highlight what is hoped to be specifically achieved within each year. The first year should address the issue of agenda setting, evolving rules of engagement with stakeholders, establishing structures, operating modalities and staffing while addressing sustainable funding issues. Nigerians in Diaspora organization (NIDO), a global Diaspora network represented in 5 continents and recognized by NIDCOM Act as umbrella organization of all Nigerians in Diaspora should be a major Diaspora partners and work closely with NIDCOM. I will hope that The Diaspora Commission should be hair-sensitive to diaspora problems devoid of any sentiments and work with NIDO not only to optimize its structure but to leverage on its global structure and network to galvanize all Nigerian in spite of the organizations challenges similar to any other organization or agencies. Undermining the over 20 years Diaspora structure and experience will result to a total Diaspora catastrophe and rat race which the creation of NIDO has successful addressed. 


ANS: I am sure my answer on the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and Diaspora Voting address your question. 

What suggestions would you make to the government to ease its economic diversity program? 

ANS: I believe that good governance, security of lives and properties of all Nigerian is paramount to any economic development. The situation in Nigeria today must be addressed urgently. An emergency must be declared on the power sector. Implementations of the easy of doing business in Nigeria must be vigorously pursed. The government should intensify on programmes designed to achieve self-sufficiency in food items in the next five years. It is achievable. Countries like India and Pakistan have proven that it is possible. Self-sufficiency will not only lead to basic food security, reduce our import bill, create jobs and further social peace but will also spark the development of the agro-allied industries. Most importantly, the federal, state and local governments should create frameworks to actively engage the Diaspora. Nigerians abroad are willing to support the development of their homeland, their states of origin and their local government areas if given the opportunity. I have also advocated for the Nigerian Diaspora to be considered symbolically the 37th State of Nigeria just as the African Union considers the Diaspora as the sixth Region of the continent with the rights of representation.  Hopefully, the Nigerian Diaspora Commission will provide an institutional framework for the engagement of the Diaspora in national development, borrowing from countries such as India or even Benin or Senegal that have such institutions. When sustainable progress has been made on these areas listed, diversification will come naturally.  


ANS: Think home! We must be the vessel of the change we want to see in Nigeria. Nothing will change if we practice remote controlled change from the Diaspora. We have what it takes to move our country forward all we need to do is take a step of faith. In Europe, citizens participate actively in the process of governance through professional, civic and other groupings, which is why the state works well for them. We have to do that too. Anybody who chooses to keep out has no business complaining. Yes, we are not there yet, but we will get there. 

For those at home, while I would like to encourage young Nigerians to seek opportunities for self-actualisation abroad academically and economically, they should stay away from one way to hell through the perilous journey of going through the Sahara Desert and seeking to cross the Mediterranean in dinghy boats. Thousands of young Africans, including many Nigerians, have perished on such journeys. Those who make it to Europe find out how precarious their situation is as they have no good chances of having their asylum applications accepted. So, my message is that if you want to check out, please be well informed. Many high institutions of learning offer places to students from Africa. For example, you don’t pay tuition fees in Germany and universities here are willing to consider applications from brilliant students from all over the world. If you come from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal or Cameroon, for example, know that your chances of asylum rejection is 99, 99%. The saddest thing is that many had relatively good jobs at home with prospects for career development. They leave all their jobs and families and embark on an uncertain journey that often do end tragically. In a nutshell, my advice to our young people is to look well before they leap. Sometimes there are opportunities in Nigeria that can enable them to achieve their dreams

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Nigerian Community praises Consul General Clark-Omeru over resolving Resident Permit issues in Cameroon



Consul General Clark-Omeru hosts Nigeria Community

…urges them to be law abiding citizens in host country

The Consul-General of Nigeria to Douala, the Republic of Cameroon, Ambassador (HRM) Queen Efe A. Clark-Omeru has hosted the Nigerian community in the Littoral Region for the second time to show appreciation for relentless services rendering to Nigeria nationals residing in the region of the host country.

It could be recalled that the executive of the Nigerian community paid courtesy visit to the Consulate General in May 2022 to express their maximum appreciation to the Mission who has been helpful in resolving pressing issues with the host country.

According to her speech, the CG welcomed the Nigerian Community executives led by the President, Honourable B.I.C Okwujiaku and provided details of the Consulate progress with the host country over pending issues concerning Nigerian residents in the region.

« It is my pleasure to welcome you to this event of New Year visit/wishes to me and the Consulate, » the statement reads.

« Since my arrival in June 2021, and with the presentation of my Exequatur which I assured you that the Consulate would not rest its oars by ensuring  that the issue of molestation  will be a thing of past in the history country. The Consulate has met several times with the officials of the immigration of the host country with particular reference to resident permit, exit Visa and the matter was resolved amicably as the immigration rights accorded to members of Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC)

region is also accorded to Nigeria due to the already subsisting bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries. »
The Nigeria CG also highlighted the issues of non-issuance of Resident permits which is a great challenge to Nigerian residents in the Littoral region as it is contrary to it immigration law.

« The issue of non-issuance of Resident Permit has attracted my attention, on that basis, I directed my officers on 10th February 2023, accompanied by the president and some executive members of the Nigerian community to meet with new Commissioner  EMI-immigration Madame Gertrude Bikok and the matter was also resolved due to the subsisting bilateral relations between the two countries.

The Consul General was excited to proudly commend the Nigeria community over their successful business activities which were satisfied by the host authorities. But urges her compatriots to be more tolerance of each other and remain law abiding to the host country.

In responding to the CG’s speech, the President of the Nigeria Community, Honourable B.I.C Okwujiaku heaps praise on the first female Consul General in Douala for her breath of peace among Nigerians in the region.

« Last year, we came to say thank you for the ones you have done. We have come again to further demonstrate our joy for your constant support, caring and motherly advise and solidarity  to us as your fellow compatriots in Cameroon, » he said.

« History will record it that as the first female Consul General in Douala. Nigerians have benefited from your good leadership and skills of work, » he added.

Also appreciating the CG is Eminent philanthropist, HRH Eze Thomas .J. Onyengubo, Eze Gburugburu 1 of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo in Cameroon, who also urged the Nigerian community members to remain united and be law abiding to the host country.

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From the 18th to the 21st August 2022, the Pastoral Centre St Joseph of Kribi (Cameroon) hosted the 10th edition of what has become an annual ‘rendez-vous’ of capacity building of young Cameroonian Leaders and Entrepreneurs selected on the basis of their civic engagement, professional achievement and patriotic spirit.
Through this Academy, the Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Foundation (PLF) by Go Ahead Africa Ltd has been contributing to the empowerment of hundreds of young people in the fields of Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Management.
Held in partnership with some of the most influential stakeholders in the Cameroonian economic ecosystem (Go Ahead Africa Ltd, Groupe SABC, the Port Authority of Kribi (PAK), BGFIBank Cameroon, Balafon Media and Vox Africa); and despite unforeseen circumstances, this 10th edition succeeded to gather forty-six participants (23 boys and 23 girls) aged between 18 and 35 years old under the theme « Challenges and opportunities of youth in a VUCA environment (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) ».
For the Founder of the PLF, Roland KWEMAIN, these young Leaders are true ambassadors of the emergence and prosperity of Cameroon. « Our goal is to train a world class of Young Cameroonian Leaders/Entrepreneurs who are masters of their destiny and resolutely at the service of the emergence of our country and even of our continent, Africa » he said.

During four (4) intense days under the expert guidance of Leadership Coach/Trainer
Emile SINGEH and Assistant Coach Perrin KWENKEU, the 2022 batch developed through a tailor-made program:
·       Leadership and Management Skills
·       Entrepreneurial spirit
·       Spirit of Individual Social Responsibility and Active Citizenship
·       Knowledge and Valorisation of the Great Historical Figures of Cameroon
·       Appropriation of the Vision of a prosperous Cameroon
During this unique and extraordinary life experience punctuated by short nights (4 hours/day) and intense days of emotions, knowledge acquisition and teambuilding, the participants had the opportunity to meet and learn from their 2 Patrons:
·       Mr Patrice MELOM (GM PAK)
·       Mr Cyrille BOJIKO (Founder and CEO Balafon Media Group)

They also had the great opportunity to interact with some of the Leaders and Managers who drive the economic scene.
Among them we can name Mr Abakal MAHAMAT (General Manager, BGFIBank Cameroon), Dr Elizabeth FON (General Manager, TESHO), Mrs Arielle WAFFO (General Manager, DKT Cameroon), Mr Dagobert TAHA (Design Thinking Expert), Mrs Pulton ARUNA (Consultant, Corporate Trainer in Management Skills, Customer Care, Food Safety, Quality Management, Training Techniques).
As key part of the program, the participants worked on reinventing the CLA model during the traditional ‘24 heures Chrono’ where they spend 24 hours in a row without sleeping in a journey to better understand (themselves) and learn how to surpass their self-expectations.

As the Cameroon Leadership Academy heads to new starts for its 10 years’ Convention on December, 10th taking with it an annual event that brought together hundreds of young Leaders and Entrepreneurs; it’s worth reflecting on its legacy and on the impact it made during the past ten (10) years that the event grew to empower 850 youth with the mission of training better Leaders in order to build better communities. 
Emile Désiré SINGEH
President, PLF

Du 18 au 21 août 2022, le Centre Pastoral St Joseph de Kribi (Cameroun) a accueilli la 10ème édition de ce qui est devenu un rendez-vous annuel de renforcement des capacités des jeunes leaders et entrepreneurs camerounais sélectionnés sur la base de leur engagement civique, de leur réussite professionnelle et de leur esprit patriotique. 
Grâce à cette académie, la Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Foundation (PLF), une initiative du cabinet Go Ahead Africa Ltd a contribué à l’autonomisation de centaines de jeunes dans les domaines du Leadership, Entreprenariat et du Management.
Organisée en partenariat avec certains des acteurs les plus influents de l’écosystème économique camerounais (Go Ahead Africa Ltd, Groupe SABC, le Port Autonome de Kribi (PAK), BGFIBank Cameroon, Balafon Media et Vox Africa) ; et malgré des cas de force majeure cette 10ème édition a réussi à rassembler quarante-six participants (23 garçons et 23 filles) âgés de 18 à 35 ans sous le thème « Défis et opportunités de la jeunesse dans un environnement VUCA (Volatile, Incertain, Complexe et Ambigu) ». 
Pour le Fondateur de la PLF, Roland KWEMAIN, ces jeunes Leaders sont de véritables ambassadeurs de l’émergence et de la prospérité du Cameroun.  » Notre objectif est de former une classe mondiale de Jeunes Leaders/Entrepreneurs camerounais maîtres de leur destin et résolument au service de l’émergence de notre pays et même de notre continent, l’Afrique  » a-t-il déclaré.
Pendant quatre (4) jours intenses sous la direction experte du Coach/Formateur en Leadership Emile SINGEH et de l’Assistant-Coach Perrin KWENKEU, la promotion 2022 a développé grâce à un programme taillé sur mesure :
-Des Compétences en leadership et Management
-L’Esprit d’entreprise
-La Responsabilité sociale individuelle et de citoyenneté active
-La Connaissance et valorisation des grandes figures historiques du Cameroun
-L’Appropriation de la Vision d’un Cameroun prospère
Au cours de cette expérience de vie unique et extraordinaire ponctuée de courtes nuits (4 heures/jour) et de journées intenses en émotions, en acquisition de connaissances et en Teambuilding, les participants ont eu l’occasion de rencontrer et d’apprendre de leurs 2 Parrains :

·       Mr Patrice MELOM (DG PAK)
·       Mr Cyrille BOJIKO (Promoteur et PDG du Groupe Balafon Media)

Ils ont également eu l’occasion d’interagir avec certains des leaders et des managers qui animent la scène économique.
Parmi lesquels, nous pouvons citer M. Abakal MAHAMAT (Directeur Général, BGFIBank Cameroun), Dr Elizabeth FON (Directeur Général, TESHO), Mme Arielle WAFFO (Directeur Général, DKT Cameroun), M. Dagobert TAHA (Expert en Design Thinking), Mme Pulton ARUNA (Consultante, formatrice en management, service client, sécurité alimentaire, gestion de la qualité, techniques de formation). 
Durant le traditionnel « 24 heures Chrono » qui est en réalité l’élément clé du programme, les participants ont passé 24 heures d’affilée sans dormir afin de mieux se connaître et apprendre ainsi à dépasser leurs propres attentes. Pour cette édition, le « 24 heures Chrono » était dédié à réinventer le modèle économique de la CLA.
Alors que l’Académie Camerounaise de Leadership s’apprête à prendre un nouveau départ avec la Convention de ses 10 ans le 10 décembre 2022, emportant avec elle un événement annuel qui a rassemblé des centaines de jeunes leaders et entrepreneurs, il convient donc de réfléchir sur son héritage et à l’impact qu’ elle a eu au cours des dix (10) dernières années durant lesquelles l’événement s’est développé et a autonomisé 850 jeunes avec pour principale mission de former de meilleurs leaders afin de construire de meilleures communautés.
Emile Désiré SINGEH
Président, PLF

Pour plus d’informations sur la Fondation et ses activités, contactez :

Etienne Martial MVONDO
Directeur Exécutif, PLF
+237 6 96 79 99 60 / 6 51 51 40 59

Emile Désiré SINGEH
Président, PLF
+237 6 77 82 36 12

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The law society, is the student association of the department of English law of the University of Buea, Cameroon. It encompasses all duly registered students of this department. It has been existing since the creation of the university in 1993, and stands out as the largest departmental student association, with about three thousand (3000) students at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. With the motto| “integritas veritas justicia” meaning integrity, truth and justice, the main objective of the student association is to maintain a link between the students and the administration. The association is made up of fourteen (14) executives elected through universal suffrage, representing the various levels. The association is headed by the president who together with his/her executive are elected for an unrenewable duration of one (1) academic year. During the course of the year, the association is charged with organizing activities such as moot courts, symposiums, debates, academic interactions etc.

As a student enrolled into the department of English law during the academic year 2019-2020 and consequently became a Bonafide member of the student association. I was then, immediately elected to serve as the class delegate of my class. As the class delegate, I was the representative of the over 700 students admitted as freshmen during that academic year. Due to my diligent service as class delegate, I got elected as vice president of the law society for the academic year 2020-2021. With my experience as class delegate and then vice president, I postulated for the post of president of the law society and eventually won the election in a historic election that saw the law society produce the first female president in its over 23years of existence.

During my tenure of office as president of the Law society, my executives and I, organized a series of activities to the benefit of the students. To promote harmony and enhance a sense of belonging amongst the students, we launched the T-shirt for the department of English law. To be worn by all the students in the department on Wednesdays. Also, to create awareness on sexual harassment which is a common phenomenon in the academic milieu, we organized a symposium that was well attended by officials in the university as well as the various heads of the judiciary in the south west region. To educate the students on how to avoid, overcame and tackle issues related to sexual harassment. We also continued the customary annual activities of the law society such as moot court, academic interactions and the Law society Gala. however, amongst the many activities and events we recorded, was the launching of the gigantic project to construct a Law society coffee stand. This project is aimed at building a spot that will enable law students of the university commune together out of the usual formal environment of the classroom. We equally championed advocacy campaigns at the level of the rectorate and the Nigerian consulate in Cameroon to inquire why Cameroonian students were not being admitted in the Nigerian Law school.

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