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The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by okuya: 7:33pm On Apr 14, 2015
THE REAL HISTORY OF LAGOS.(who can lay claim to the land).
source: wikipedia.
Researched by Ejike Michael

According to the oral history of Lagos, at some point around 1300-1400 CE, the Oba (King) of the Benin Empire - who used to send trade expeditions to Ghana, where spices were traded - heard from one of his traders complaints about the way she was being treated by the Awori who lived in the area of current day Lagos. The Oba of Benin then sent a trade expedition by sea to engage with the Awori people, who nonetheless declined to engage and attacked the mission sent by Benin.

Upon hearing this as the mission returned to Benin City, the Oba of Benin commanded the assembling of a war expedition, led by Ado, a Benin Prince, which headed to the settlement of the Awori (current-day Lagos; then called Eko by the Benin people) and demanded an explanation.

On getting there, Ado and his army were more than well received - the Awori from Lagos asked Benin Prince Ado to stay there and become their leader. Ado agreed, on the condition that they surrendered their sovereignty to the Oba of Benin, to which the Awori people of Lagos agreed.

Upon hearing this, the Oba of Benin gave his permission for Prince Ado and the expedition to remain in Eko with the Awori. The Oba of Benin later sent some of his chiefs, including the Eletu Odibo, Obanikoro and others, to assist Ado in the running of Eko.
From the crowning of Ado as its first Oba, Lagos (then called Eko) served as a major center for slave-trade, from which then Oba of Benin Ado and all of his successors for over four centuries benefitted - until 1841, when Oba Akitoye ascended to the throne of Lagos and tried to ban slave-trading.

Local merchants s
trongly opposed the intended move, and deposed and exiled the king, and installed Akitoye's brother Kosoko as Oba. At exile in Europe, Akitoye met with British authorities, who had banned slave-trading in 1807, and who therefore decided to support the deposed Oba to regain his throne. With the success of the British intervention, in 1851 was reinstalled as Oba of Lagos. In practical terms, however, British influence over the kingdom had become absolute, and ten years later, in 1861, Lagos was formally annexed as a British colony.
Eko was the land area now known as Lagos Island where the king's palace was built. The palace is called Iga Idunganran, meaning "palace built on the pepper farm". Oba Ado and the warriors from Benin, as well as some of the indigenous people who sought safety, settled down in the southern part of Eko called "Isale Eko", Isale literally meaning bottom, but must have been used to indicate downtown (as in Downtown Lagos).
The first king of Lagos, Oba Ado, apart from having two sons also had a daughter Erelu Kuti, who begat Ologun Kutere, who later became king. Shokun his brother, who was more aggressive and whom the Erelu suspected could plan a palace coup, was given a chieftaincy title, "Onile-gbale", and a palace just behind the king's palace. This was the first time that a Chief
would be appointed and installed at the same time as a King's coronation.
Oba Akitoye who ceded Lagos to the British was oba Kosoko's uncle. Oba Akitoye was the first Oba not to be buried in a Bini. Prior to this, all the Kings of lagos were buried in Bini. They passed on taxes to the Oba of Bini until the British came and explained that there was no need to send taxes to Bini anymore especially as the Binis themselves were paying taxes to Britain. It was during his reign that the direct influence of the Binis on Lagos ended.

Oba Kosoko believed in the slave trade and was at loggerheads with the British, hence his dethronement and flight, first to Badagry and later to Epe, Nigeria where he founded kingdoms that still exist today.

Past Obas (Kings)Edit
Main article: Oba of Lagos
Ashipa (1600–1630) died on the way back to Benin
King Ado (1630–1669) first King of Lagos
King Gabaro (1669–1704)
King Akinsemoyin (1704–1749)
Eletu Kekere (1749)
King Ologun Kutere (1749–1775)
Adele Ajosun (1775-1780 & 1832-1834)
Eshilokun (1780–1819)
Oba Idewu Ojulari (1819–1832)
King Oluwole (1836–1841)
King Akintoye (1841-1845 & 1851-1853)
Oba Kosoko (1845–1851)
King Dosunmu [Docemo] (1853–1885)
Oba Oyekan (1885–1900)
Oba Esugbayi Eleko (1901-1925 & 1932)
Oba Ibikunle Akitoye (1925–1928)
Oba Sanusi Olusi (1928–1931)
Oba Falolu (1932–1949)
Oba Adeniji Adele (1949–1964)
Oba Adeyinka Oyekan II (1965–2003)
Oba Rilwan Akiolu (2003–present)

Modern-day Lagos was founded by the Bini in the sixteenth century. It was later called Eko. The Portuguese explorer Ruy de Sequeira who visited the area in 1472, named the area around the city Lago de Curamo; the present name is Portuguese for "lakes". An alternate explanation is that Lagos was named for Lagos, Portugal - a maritime town which at the time was the main center of the Portuguese expeditions down the African coast and whose own name is derived from the Celtic word Lacobriga.
When the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria was established in 1914 Lagos was declared its capital. Lagos experienced rapid growth throughout the 1960s and 1970s as a result of Nigeria's economic boom prior to the Biafran War. This continued through the 1980s and 1990s up to the present date.

Lagos was the capital of Nigeria from 1914 - 1991 when the capital was moved to Abuja. Abuja is a capital like Washington, DC in USA and Brasilia in Brazil in that it was built from scratch specifically to be a capital.

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by bogolobango(m): 7:45pm On Apr 14, 2015
To my flat head bro lagos is yoruba land as u can see no ibo name is mentioned in dis history so u guys should please nd please saying lagos is no mans land

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by barnacle: 7:48pm On Apr 14, 2015
binis own eko(war camp)

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by Omexonomy: 7:58pm On Apr 14, 2015
Senior and respected afonja acadamicians and profess from the history department in lasu have said Benin people of edo state are the first settlers of lagos take it or live it.

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by kadas01(m): 7:59pm On Apr 14, 2015
Eko is still an "oduduwa territory" because the "Binis" are also from "oduduwa dynasty"!

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by princdebola201(m): 8:18pm On Apr 14, 2015
Omexonomy:
Benin people of edo state are the first settlers of lagos take it or live it.
olodo rabata did u read the article upside down...aworis were the first settlers in lagos state,besides benin kingdom is owned by oduduwa who is the ancestor of yoruba...

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by dkronicle(m): 8:28pm On Apr 14, 2015
So as na ur papa land, com pursue me... Lubbizh

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by whitecat1: 8:28pm On Apr 14, 2015
@op, first learn what "found" means. You can't "found" a place you met people already living. Most of this story was written to sound like Ilorin story. Fake story from top to bottom. This is not the history of Lagos.

Eko is the abbreviation of Yoruba word Erekosu(Island) though some Ijebu people call it Ereko(bush strip). Look around Lagos, there's no evidence of any culture and tradition outside that of Yoruba, Yoruba Edo inclusive.

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by tpiadotcom: 8:41pm On Apr 14, 2015
Which king did the portuguese meet when they arrived in lagos in 1472, or has that information been lost.

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by whitecat1: 8:49pm On Apr 14, 2015
I hope Eleko would release some information from the palace museum.

tpiadotcom:
Which king did the portuguese meet when they arrived in lagos in 1472, or has that information been lost.

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by okuya: 8:57pm On Apr 14, 2015
whitecat1:
@op, first learn what "found" means. You can't "found" a place you met people already living. Most of this story was written to sound like Ilorin story. Fake story from top to bottom. This is not the history of Lagos.

Eko is the abbreviation of Yoruba word Erekosu(Island)though some Ijebu people call it Ereko(bush strip). Look around Lagos, there's no evidence of any culture and tradition outside Yoruba, Yoruba Edo inclusive.


Pls take a good look @ the dressing of the Lagos Oba And the chiefs white royal attire they bear striking resemblance to those of the Binis, can u pls point out any other group or That shares such royal dress culture.
And if you must know, no oba is crowned in Lagos without informing the oba of Benin who plays a paramount role in the coronation.
The so called aworis where not originally from eko (Lagos) they were fleeing from wars in their lands (refugees) just like the ekitis too.
The binis were the first to conquer the land and thus the first to assert their authority on the land (fly their flag),and that is why the royalty or ownership of eko\lagos I'd theirs .

Am sorry if you aren't comfortable with me tutoring you on the history of the people and land you say you you belong to!

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by whitecat1: 9:14pm On Apr 14, 2015
The only people that have anything to do with Lagos after Ore are Yoruba Edo formerly known as Ado. Bini have nothing to do with Lagos. The old king of Lagos dressed differently, all Obas in Yorubaland dress anyway they want. Oba Ado was one of the kings in Lagos not Oba Bini. Oba Rilwan can put on what he wants, but I don't see him dress up like Benin king with white and large loops around his neck.

You can't teach what you don't know.

In your first post I asked you to learn what the word 'found' means, and you really need to. Awori running from where again? Well, it doesn't matter, they were met there and that's it. You can't found a place twice, and they didn't forget anything in Lagos if they ever even lived there. No traces of them.

[quote author=okuya post=32725282][/quote]

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by okuya: 9:36pm On Apr 14, 2015
whitecat1:
The only people that have anything to do with Lagos after Ore are Yoruba Edo formerly known as Ado. Bini have nothing to do with Lagos. The old king of Lagos dressed differently, all Obas in Yorubaland dress anyway they want. Oba Ado was one of the kings in Lagos not Oba Bini. Oba Rilwan can put on what he wants, but I don't see him dress up like Benin king with white and large loops around his neck.

You can't teach what you don't know.

In your first post I asked you to learn what the word 'found' means, and you really need to. Awori running from where again? Well, it doesn't matter, they were met there and that's it. You can't found a place twice, and they didn't forget anything in Lagos if they ever even lived there. No traces of them.

"Upon hearing this as the mission returned to Benin City, the Oba of Benin commanded the assembling of a war expedition, led by Ado, a Benin Prince, "----(oba Ado is a Benin prince).

The land is under the control of a Bini prince as their king Up till did moment.

The land bears a Bini name
.the oba of Bini asserts his authority over the land (Yet u claim the land is not his
Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by whitecat1: 9:46pm On Apr 14, 2015
Eko is not Benin name and the Oba in Lagos does not wear red with loops.
You need to seperate your post from mine.

Lagos was never under Benin. Oba Ado is different from oba bini.

[quote author=okuya post=32726526][/quote]

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by Omololu007(m): 10:04pm On Apr 14, 2015
okuya:
THE REAL HISTORY OF LAGOS.(who can lay claim to the land).
source: wikipedia.
Researched by Ejike Michael

According to the oral history of Lagos, at some point around 1300-1400 CE, the Oba (King) of the Benin Empire - who used to send trade expeditions to Ghana, where spices were traded - heard from one of his traders complaints about the way she was being treated by the Awori who lived in the area of current day Lagos. The Oba of Benin then sent a trade expedition by sea to engage with the Awori people, who nonetheless declined to engage and attacked the mission sent by Benin.

Upon hearing this as the mission returned to Benin City, the Oba of Benin commanded the assembling of a war expedition, led by Ado, a Benin Prince, which headed to the settlement of the Awori (current-day Lagos; then called Eko by the Benin people) and demanded an explanation.

On getting there, Ado and his army were more than well received - the Awori from Lagos asked Benin Prince Ado to stay there and become their leader. Ado agreed, on the condition that they surrendered their sovereignty to the Oba of Benin, to which the Awori people of Lagos agreed.

Upon hearing this, the Oba of Benin gave his permission for Prince Ado and the expedition to remain in Eko with the Awori. The Oba of Benin later sent some of his chiefs, including the Eletu Odibo, Obanikoro and others, to assist Ado in the running of Eko.
From the crowning of Ado as its first Oba, Lagos (then called Eko) served as a major center for slave-trade, from which then Oba of Benin Ado and all of his successors for over four centuries benefitted - until 1841, when Oba Akitoye ascended to the throne of Lagos and tried to ban slave-trading.

Local merchants s
trongly opposed the intended move, and deposed and exiled the king, and installed Akitoye's brother Kosoko as Oba. At exile in Europe, Akitoye met with British authorities, who had banned slave-trading in 1807, and who therefore decided to support the deposed Oba to regain his throne. With the success of the British intervention, in 1851 was reinstalled as Oba of Lagos. In practical terms, however, British influence over the kingdom had become absolute, and ten years later, in 1861, Lagos was formally annexed as a British colony.
Eko was the land area now known as Lagos Island where the king's palace was built. The palace is called Iga Idunganran, meaning "palace built on the pepper farm". Oba Ado and the warriors from Benin, as well as some of the indigenous people who sought safety, settled down in the southern part of Eko called "Isale Eko", Isale literally meaning bottom, but must have been used to indicate downtown (as in Downtown Lagos).
The first king of Lagos, Oba Ado, apart from having two sons also had a daughter Erelu Kuti, who begat Ologun Kutere, who later became king. Shokun his brother, who was more aggressive and whom the Erelu suspected could plan a palace coup, was given a chieftaincy title, "Onile-gbale", and a palace just behind the king's palace. This was the first time that a Chief
would be appointed and installed at the same time as a King's coronation.
Oba Akitoye who ceded Lagos to the British was oba Kosoko's uncle. Oba Akitoye was the first Oba not to be buried in a Bini. Prior to this, all the Kings of lagos were buried in Bini. They passed on taxes to the Oba of Bini until the British came and explained that there was no need to send taxes to Bini anymore especially as the Binis themselves were paying taxes to Britain. It was during his reign that the direct influence of the Binis on Lagos ended.

Oba Kosoko believed in the slave trade and was at loggerheads with the British, hence his dethronement and flight, first to Badagry and later to Epe, Nigeria where he founded kingdoms that still exist today.

Past Obas (Kings)Edit
Main article: Oba of Lagos
Ashipa (1600–1630) died on the way back to Benin
King Ado (1630–1669) first King of Lagos
King Gabaro (1669–1704)
King Akinsemoyin (1704–1749)
Eletu Kekere (1749)
King Ologun Kutere (1749–1775)
Adele Ajosun (1775-1780 & 1832-1834)
Eshilokun (1780–1819)
Oba Idewu Ojulari (1819–1832)
King Oluwole (1836–1841)
King Akintoye (1841-1845 & 1851-1853)
Oba Kosoko (1845–1851)
King Dosunmu [Docemo] (1853–1885)
Oba Oyekan (1885–1900)
Oba Esugbayi Eleko (1901-1925 & 1932)
Oba Ibikunle Akitoye (1925–1928)
Oba Sanusi Olusi (1928–1931)
Oba Falolu (1932–1949)
Oba Adeniji Adele (1949–1964)
Oba Adeyinka Oyekan II (1965–2003)
Oba Rilwan Akiolu (2003–present)

Modern-day Lagos was founded by the Bini in the sixteenth century. It was later called Eko. The Portuguese explorer Ruy de Sequeira who visited the area in 1472, named the area around the city Lago de Curamo; the present name is Portuguese for "lakes". An alternate explanation is that Lagos was named for Lagos, Portugal - a maritime town which at the time was the main center of the Portuguese expeditions down the African coast and whose own name is derived from the Celtic word Lacobriga.
When the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria was established in 1914 Lagos was declared its capital. Lagos experienced rapid growth throughout the 1960s and 1970s as a result of Nigeria's economic boom prior to the Biafran War. This continued through the 1980s and 1990s up to the present date.

Lagos was the capital of Nigeria from 1914 - 1991 when the capital was moved to Abuja. Abuja is a capital like Washington, DC in USA and Brasilia in Brazil in that it was built from scratch specifically to be a capital.
what is all dis noise about lagos sef,ao big is dis eko u r talkin about.wia does d lagos territory start and end?
Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by Onlinebi(f): 2:48pm On Oct 15, 2016
kadas01:
Eko is still an "oduduwa territory" because the "Binis" are also from "oduduwa dynasty"!

No my dear, the reverse is the case. Oduduwas is an exiled King of Benin. He ran away and settled in Ife. So it is not Benin originating from Yoruba rather Yoruba originates from Benin. Do your own research.

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by Onlinebi(f): 3:09pm On Oct 15, 2016
I've carried out research on different platforms and they all point to the same thing - Benin settlers.They can't all be wrong. But these settlers gave birth to children who now become the indigenous people of Lagos State. So, I do not agree that Lagos is a no man's land. Lagos is like any other state. Every state is owned be some people who have ancestry right and Lagos is not an exception. The fact that you and I cannot claim to be from Lagos shows it belongs to some people. While everybody can live there it does have people who originally belong there. The truth though is every raise started out by someone from somewhere settling there first just that some histories were not preserved.

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by kadas01(m): 8:31pm On Oct 15, 2016
Onlinebi:


No my dear, the reverse is the case. Oduduwas is an exiled King of Benin. He ran away and settled in Ife. So it is not Benin originating from Yoruba rather Yoruba originates from Benin. Do your own research.
Thank you so much my dear! I know they (bini and yoruba) both share same "link/root" because I'm a "mixture/product" of the two ethnic groups!

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by obaloppelujo(m): 8:49pm On Oct 15, 2016
Lagos is a yoruba land , is the capital lagos FREE LAND ?
Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by oyatz: 11:23am On Dec 27, 2016
There was NO CENTRALIZED Government then , each Idejo clan (the Aworis who are descendants of Olofin , from Ile -Ife) had its own chief e.g Oloto in Otto, Ojora in Ijora etc
Which President/ Prime Minister did the British meet in Nigeria in 1914? Does this mean Nigeria wasn't in existence then or that the British own Nigeria?
The Binis were the first to set up centralized Government as( a vasal state) in Eko but the place was already inhabited by the Aworis.
tpiadotcom:
Which king did the portuguese meet when they arrived in lagos in 1472, or has that information been lost.
Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by PatriotTemidayo: 11:34am On Dec 27, 2016
Make me understand please,
Before ado became king, according to your self-glorifying story, there was a king yet you said bini founded Lagos by sending ado to "found" it.
Gross incoherence.

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by Nobody: 11:37am On Dec 27, 2016
Eko was a name given by the bini, so was Ile-ife(land of settlement). The Yorubas also named bini from the word ile ibinu. The Yorubas and Binis are historically linked
Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by sammyj: 12:31pm On Dec 27, 2016
Oya make una com claim Lagos oooo, shabi na no mans land according to some people from the other side!!!! grin shocked tongue

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by Alfranco(m): 12:48pm On Dec 27, 2016
Onlinebi:


No my dear, the reverse is the case. Oduduwas is an exiled King of Benin. He ran away and settled in Ife. So it is not Benin originating from Yoruba rather Yoruba originates from Benin. Do your own research.
How can an exiled fellow become originator of the land and people that hosted him including their forebears good enough to be his ancestors? lol

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by Toosure70: 1:09pm On Dec 27, 2016
eleribu olori pelebe, se e ti gbo?
Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by Eastactivist: 1:46pm On Dec 27, 2016
If this confusion regarding who owns lagos continue to trail. Then the statement that lagos is a no man's land is highly justified

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by ElsonMorali: 2:17pm On Dec 27, 2016
undecided
Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by tafabaloo(m): 2:23pm On Dec 27, 2016
Ok
Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by 7lives: 2:48pm On Dec 27, 2016
Eastactivist:
If this confusion regarding who owns lagos continue to trail. Then the statement that lagos is a no man's land is highly justified

Why not go to Eko club to say that Lagos is no man's land, grin grin grin grin the flogging in Akure will be a child's play grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by Eastactivist: 2:54pm On Dec 27, 2016
7lives:


Why not go to Eko club to say that Lagos is no man's land, grin grin grin grin the flogging in Akure will be a child's play grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

Sorry, who will do the flogging when almost everybody there gonna be visitors...

The fact remains anywhere this argument of who owns lagos comes to me I always insist on one thing which is that lagos is a no man's land.

This can happen anywhere. Even lagos secretariat is not left out.

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by Princesaha: 3:04pm On Dec 27, 2016
Eko was formerly owned and ruled by the Oba of Benin but the afonjas due to their population "chanced" them and today have an afonja oba. The truth is that in the near future, the ALMIGHTY IGBOS will chance the afonjas and take over everything.
please do not quote me and talk trash cos am only giving a prophesy which will come to pass.

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Re: The Real History Of Lagos.(who Should Lay Claim To The Land). by Nobody: 3:14pm On Dec 27, 2016
Omexonomy:
Benin people of edo state are the first settlers of lagos take it or live it.

The king Ado met the aworis who later decided to make him there leader, by the same article Ashipa is the first king. The Edo people did not settled in Lagos, they were accommodated.

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