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London Celebrity Lady, Hajia Aisha Alubankudi Talks About her Life & Style





Hajia Aisha Alubankudi is a beautiful woman of substance. She is Stylish also. She looks good all the time. She is also very brilliant. She has made her mark in her sphere of influence. She has a good pedigree and she has made a good name for herself in life.


Recently this adorable woman who is also a great politician spoke to Citypeople Publisher Seye Kehinde about her life and style. It is very revealing. Below are excerpts of the interview.



 

Tell us a bit about you. What do you do? Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I work in London as a social worker. I've been in the social work field for over 20 years, I qualified as a social worker in the year 2000. For those who may not understand the profession, "Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their resources and those of the community to resolve problems. A social worker helps alleviate problems. Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives.

I was born in Ibadan and lived in the ancient town for the first 20 years of my life until I relocated to England in 1988. I’m originally from Ijebu-Jesha in Osun State.



You are a very stylish woman. How did you develop that aspect of you?



Simplicity. I don’t go for the name brands but something I will be comfortable wearing. Also, I don’t go for styles that I can only wear once and keep in the wardrobe forever because it is too expensive to give away, or it can’t suit the theme of occasions anymore.  I hardly buy for just an occasion and I accessorised cleverly when I repeat my dresses.

Also, my weight is like a “yoyo” so I wear dresses that will fit for all weight. Also, I don’t go for what’s in vogue. I am not an extravagant person also, I give myself a deserving treat occasionally but I won’t break the bank to get that done.


 
Tell us about your dress sense. What informs what you wear all the time?



I wear clothes that make me feel attractive. I had low esteem issues when I was growing up; I will copy people's styles but deep inside, I feel heavy and uncomfortable. But I will still go ahead with it.

But now, I'm so confident that I believe in simplicity. Colours affect my behaviour and mood. If I wear orange and yellow, I always feel like the spice of the party, but green and blue is a no go area, I don’t feel comfortable in them.





You were also once into politics at some point. Are you still active?



I used to tell people that I wasn’t a politician until someone corrected me and said that we are all politicians by nature. It is just the ignorance of this idea that made most of us chickened out. I also read somewhere that if everyone was a politician, society would be better off.  This is why I picked interest in politics; I was in secondary school at the time. My dad also had a close relationship with some politicians then like Bola Ige, and some other names I can no longer remember

Also, I started having an interest in politics during General Buhari’s WAI - War Against Indiscipline campaign. Actually, I was afraid then because no one dares misbehave on the streets. So when Buhari joined politics, I strongly believed that this was the man that will lead us to the promised land. I started campaigning for him on social media in 2010 or so. When he lost, he came to London and he said that he will never contest again. I remembered that day that Zaynab Galadima called me when he returned from Nigeria and said that we must visit PMB in Marble Arch to beg him to contest in 2015. 

That was the journey. I was so determined then. I remember people warning me that they’ll kill me, they even called my mum and told her to warn me. I remember telling my mum that the day she conceived me was the day I signed a contract with death. 


My mum was shocked and said that she will continue praying for me. Even they wanted me sacked at work but I didn’t care. We fought the battle and won but after that, we returned to our daily lives because the mission has been accomplished. 
I’m no longer active because many things happened to me then which I don’t want to discuss. Alhamdulillah, I've moved on. I will do it again if there's a candidate I believe in, but I doubt if I will ever be that passionate again. 

Right now, I only showcase good governance, I discussed with friends on pertinent issues concerning my society, identifying with Nigeria, but I’ve decided to take a back seat because there’s no imminent solution.



You are a practicing Muslim and it shows in your Fashion Style. Does this limit what you can wear?



Actually, I use to wear tight fitted dresses. I was still modest in dressing but I had this deep conviction that I need to improve on my dressing as a Muslim. I use to be blonde, and I rock artificial nails etc.

But I decided in the year 2000 to cover my head. Alhamdulillah, today, I will feel naked if I don’t. I remember one day, I wanted to get something in the car, and my elder boy called me back. He was frowning and asked me to cover my head.



From the day I read that ablution doesn't enter nails which were also in the year 2000, you will never see me with nail polish or artificial nails. I’m still putting eyelashes, and I haven’t considered to stop or not but I will eventually stop because I don’t feel comfortable wearing it.

Two years ago, I stopped adding hair extension…



Tell us about your philosophy of life. What informs whatever you do?



My philosophy of life is to be yourself.  Be satisfied with what you have and do not fear failure. Even if you fail, don’t hesitate to try again.

Also, do not depend on someone to make you happy. Make yourself happy, and let your inner beauty reflect on outer beauty.



You did not tell me about your dad and pedigree.



My dad is late. He was a trader and a fashionable man. I’m from a polygamous family. My dad had 22children and Alhamdulillah we are all alive. He was murdered during Ramadan on the 27th of January 1997 in our house in Ibadan, I haven’t been back to that home ever since, because he was shot at the front of my bedroom. I actually avoided answering the question.
 
Please tell us about your parents

My mum lives with me, she’s also a trader and relocated to England when my dad died. We are 7 from my mum; 6 in England and one in the US.





















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107 Comments

  1. She is a wonderful woman.... May God continue to bless you richly Ma and honor you always. πŸ’•

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  2. Well for kind words, really happy for how you show the Paramount of your religion. May thee see through

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  3. Well for kind words, really happy for how you show the Paramount of your religion. May thee see through

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  4. You're a role model ma😍

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  5. Wow! She is beautiful and elegant

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  6. Wow! She is beautiful and elegant

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  7. I love this interview by my namesake. It's so interesting and educative. Hajia Aisha Alubankudi, continue in your good work, Allah is your strength ��

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  8. I love this interview by my namesake. It's so interesting and educative. Hajia Aisha Alubankudi, continue in your good work, Allah is your strength πŸ‘

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  9. I must say, what I appreciate most about you is your dress sense, I also like the fact that you are a good influence on women/ladies out there, your acts of generosity can not be over-emphasized.

    I fancy you!

    Happy belated birthday to you ma'am....

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  10. Aisha is a sought humanitarian activist more than a politician. I believe in her principles n seek her views once in a while on personal issue's. We discuss politics too. A rare gem she is, her heart is fixated at wiping tears off the face of mankind. If my Principal were to ask my opinion I'd have insisted he hands over the humanitarian ministry for her supervision as the Honourable Minister. Aisha would have done wanders for all Nigerians irrespective of religion, region or ethnic background under her watch. God bless the works of ur hand my Dearest Sister in Islam.

    Safaa Adam

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  11. A woman of virtue, caring and lovable...Nice interview keep of up

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  12. That's my darling aunty. I love everything about you and believe in your dream for good governance. You are the best.

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  13. Stunning Aishat Alubankudi. A woman with a large heart.
    God bless you.

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  14. A woman with a large heart. God bless real ma'am.

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  15. A woman with a large heart. God bless real ma'am.

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  16. I really love people like you hajia...you're capable,noble and dutiful. You are into every aspect of life....religion,socio-politics socio-economy...keep the beautiful work on ma and may the lord continue to bless your path.

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  17. I don't know how comes..but find my self in love with this lady..may Allah bless your wealth..and makes you in the high level of jannatul firdaus for this you are doing.

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  18. Iron lady indeedπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

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  19. She is a blessing to humanity. Most especially the less privilege in the society

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  20. She is truly beautiful and very caring for the needy.

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  21. She's a brilliant and passionate lady ,who crave for good governance

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  22. One philanthropist that amazes me. God bless you ma.

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  23. Masha Allah!
    May Allah SWA increase your Iman Alhaja.

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  24. Wonderful woman a woman with a big heart Hajiya you are more then a politician your type are very rare in society keep it up God almighty is your straight.

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  25. Alhamdullilah For Everything In Your Life Mummy. I Need Help If Any Vacancy In Any Way. You're Bless Already. Continue Enjoy Been Bless Ma.

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  26. Alhamdulillah! I read the piece with keen interest and I'm really inspired and astonished.
    I've been following you on Facebook closely expecially doing the heat campaign for GMB against the then Government and the success that gave birth to the transformation PMB from GMB. I also remember asking after you from a lady I met at the party to celebrate the victory of APC in 2015 at Unity Fountain Garden here in Abuja because I thought it was you, but the lady simple told me, "AISHA Alubankudi is not here".
    The piece becomes more interesting because we share the same Philosophy of life as you mentioned "be yourself, be satisfied with what you have and do not fear failure. If you fail, don't hesitate to try again.
    Also, do not depend on someone to make you happy". It's the best one can train himself to keep moving in this race of life.
    I don't know you personally, I don't have money to go to London, I'm not a public figure but the truth is I've learnt alot from you following you since 2014.
    Let me call you big sister.

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  27. Ma sha Allah,may Allah continue to b ur guide amin.

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  28. Masha Allahu barakallah may Allah continue to albarikate n rahamate ur entire n family too grant you success in all your future endeavors Amin summa Amin kun fayakun ya haiyu ya qaiyum ya zuljali wal ikram.

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  29. Wow nice interview,so you have been in England and also giving out palliative in Nigeria,you are indeed a beautiful woman in and out,God will honour you much more than you are honoured now, keep doing good Hajia and stay safe. Cheers to a beautiful soul.

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  30. Masha Allah, may almighty Allah continue to guide and direct her steps, her characters and humanity encourage most of us on social media

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  31. Beautiful, Brilliant and Brave

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  32. You are bold beautiful and brave. May Allah continue to perfect every good things. I stand to to hail you ma. Remain blessed big sister

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  33. You are bold beautiful and brave. May Allah continue to perfect every good things. I stand to to hail you ma. Remain blessed big sister

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  34. I think politics had not been too kind to Mummy for many reasons one of which is her conviction. And she is never willing to give that for a price. The Iron lady.

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  35. She is a humanitarian, very humble, caring and down to earth. Very beautiful in and out. She will do anything to put smiles on people's face.
    Her fashion sense is second to none.
    She is phenomenal.

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  36. may Almighty Allah continue to protect u, u are a role model

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  37. may Almighty Allah continue to protect u, u are a role model

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  38. What a beautiful and inspiring story. May Allah continue to be your guide.

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  39. Alhamdulilah for ur life, may Allah continue to strengthen u

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  40. Alhamdulilah for ur life, may Allah continue to strengthen u

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  42. My beautiful lady,God blessings always upon you

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  43. She's a woman with a large heart and selfless, God bless you ma

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  44. Alhamdulillah I respect your life style, and also the way you treated poor people.

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  45. I have always followed you on Facebook and share most of your post.Hoping to run into you one day in the street of London πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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  46. She deserve d best because she is the best

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  47. This is utterly beautiful. You are really the type of person we want in our country.

    May Allah bless you here and hereafter.

    Keep it up.

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  48. Awwwwwww.so much love I have for Madam Aisha. I can't do in a day without checking her update on her Facebook page. I pray to meet her person on my next visit to United Kingdom.

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  49. Ma Sha Allah.. Brilliant beautiful n elegant Aunty aysheer one luv.

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  50. Wow Aunty aysheer u are beautiful inside n outside,one luv elegant maamah.

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  51. A beautiful woman both physically and deep inside, so cosmopolitan and all accommodating.

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  53. Thanks to the interviewer, gave me more insight about your personality ma.

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  54. She is a generous woman that wants to see the less previledge happy, so humble and a friend to all. May Almighty Allah bless you and shower His Rahama on you and your family

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  55. Aisha you're a good woman. Keep doing what makes you happier. Never give up. God will strengthen you more.

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  56. A good and passionate humanitarian

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  57. A beautiful woman with a heart ofgold, ever ready to help the needy

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  58. Masha Allah. Stay blessed Hajjiya

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  59. Since I have been following her, I have been so impressed, it’s rare to find such a beauty , modesty and compassionate package in one piece! She is blessed, may Allah preserve all her endowments, a’ameen.

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  60. What a journey. A woman with heart of gold.
    Bless you ma.

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  61. Hajjia Alubankudi
    You're still my crush because I feel like always be with you

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  62. Mashaa Allah. May Allah's guidance and protection be with you.

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  63. Mashaa Allah. May Allah's guidance and protection be with you.

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  64. Hajiya Aishah,a philanthropist,a woman with good character.may God bless you

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  65. She is a role model for all young ones coming up, I prayed her later shall be better than the former insha Allah.

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  66. Masha Allah

    Allah ya qarawa sauran rayuwa albarka

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  67. Alhamdulillah for your life Hadjia love and admire u,so much

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  68. Hajjiyah Aisha Alubankudi is a wonderful soul you will always want to associate with. She is a kind-hearted woman that always show willingness and passionate about the welfare of people. Her patriotism and crave for good governance is second to none, even though she is based in England where life is more enjoyable.

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  69. Waoh! The piece from Hajia Aisha Alubankudi is quite instructive and inspiring. I have been following her as a neighbour and observed that she lives what she says, she walk the talk. She is very passionate about the wellbeing of human being that during the COVID-19 she sent masks and other items for palliative to those that were in Abuja while she was locked down in London.

    May Allah continue to bless her and all she does. Continue with the good work of making people happy as always.

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  70. Masha allah he's so good to us wlh she respect everyone wlh am on Facebook Bcoz alshat alubankudi for once PMB haven't been just thank you just once hmmm my best momi in Facebook we all love you remin bless

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  71. Woman with good heart, I don't know her personally but what I have seen on Facebook, helping others, caring about poor.

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  72. Barakallah may Allah bless the rest of your life. You are an inspiration. We love you

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  73. She is wonderful and personate woman, very kind and respectful. Even though I've never meet her before, but no bad record ever heard about, and inshallah no bad record will be heard. More grace, more success, more blessings.

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  74. She is wonderful and personate woman, very kind and respectful. Even though I've never meet her before, but no bad record ever heard about, and inshallah no bad record will be heard. More grace, more success, more blessings.

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  75. She is wonderful and personate woman, very kind and respectful. Even though I've never meet her before, but no bad record ever heard about, and inshallah no bad record will be heard. More grace, more success, more blessings.

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  76. Alhamdulilah Robilalemin ������ For the journey of your life ma , it's awesome to know little about yourself and that of your experience on how life meant to you. May he that created the heavens and earths guard and guided your steps to canoe the affairs of life Aameen ������...

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  77. Please are you a married woman?

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  78. Pretty woman,may God continue to bless the works of ur hand πŸ™

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  79. Alhamdulillah for the way you are changing your life styles, such is Islam. I have been following you for some times now and with the way you are treating the masses here in Nigeria, I want to thank and appreciate you for the loudable gesture. Lots of them got your #20,000 to improve their businesses. I pray that I should be able to extend same. Jazakallahu Khair

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  80. A woman with large heart, humanity will forever remember you for good.

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  81. May Allah continue to increase u in wisdom and knowledge, just love ur heart of gold.

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  82. Have been hearing about your Good behaviors for the past years, just keep it up, you will continue to prosper, May Allah continue to Elevate you maam.

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  83. Thank God for your life. You are always still humble and cool as you are from victory school oke ado many years back. Your late Dad is humble and well respected by all when we live in same neighborhood behind odeon cinema. How is that your little sister you so much love then. Wishing you the best.

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  84. Well said, May God continue to bless you and yours...... Proud of you Omo Onijebu Egboro

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  85. Well said, May God continue to bless you and yours...... Proud of you Omo Onijebu Egboro

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  86. Well said, May God continue to bless you and yours...... Proud of you Omo Onijebu Egboro

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  87. May the Almightyvb with u wherever u are & where u go. I actually like the way u go about with ur life.

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  88. Mashaa Allah My aunty, May The Blessing of Almighty Allah be with you.

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  89. I felt glad after reading this, ur modesty has inspired me, I am touched by your philosophy. You are just a rare gem. I am choosing you as my role model, I have really learnt a lot from you. May the Almighty Allah continue to bless you and everyone of us abundantly (ameeen)

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  90. She is Wonderful may Allah increase her in faith, health and wealth. Amin

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  91. Masha Allah, you are such an inspiration.

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  92. may Allah reward u for all ur efforts towards ensuring good governance in our country, it's sad how things are for now,but we r still praying for our country. welcome ma

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  93. Thanks everyone, love you all

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