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Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by ajoke1824: 10:46pm On Aug 14, 2021
I sincerely hope this hits frontpage as I need as many sensible responses as possible.

This is going to be a really long one.

I'm a 21 year old penultimate student of one of Nigeria's federal universities.

I'm one of those, I can never work under a boss. I'd rather have my own business people. However, this choice took a different turn the relationship I thought was going to lead me through the isle ended in the mud. I eventually figured out that my decision to own my own business and not get a job were influenced by three things:

1. My life was wrapped around the guy I was in a relationship with. I didn't really have a life of my own. My ambition when I was with him was mostly to start a business, finish my first degree, and be a sit-at-home mum and wife. I kicked against getting a second degree and even rejected two sponsorships to relocate to Canada because I wanted to be with my man (my mumu no get part two that time).

2. I saw how badly my mom was treated at her place of work by her boss(es). I'd usually get angry and eventually vowed never to get a job.

3. I considered myself someone who's not brilliant and smart enough for the cooperate world. (Low self-esteem).

The nonsense relationship ended in a terrible way but I eventually picked up myself and moved on. Now, I'm beginning to love the cooperate world but choosing a career path has become a headache. I've been totally confused. Some of my classmates are taking ICAN and ACCA. Some are also taking CFA courses (I'm studying economics) but I have no interest in CFA, ICAN or ACCA.

I spoke with a friend of mine and he advised me to consider data analysis but I have my doubts and fears. So many questions have been ringing in my head.

How do I choose a career path that I don't eventually get frustrated with at the end of the day?

How promising is Data analysis as a career path?

What's the average pay in this field.

I'd really love to thread a path where I have even the slightest spark of passion but I can't seem to connect my passion with data analysis.

Is passion important in choosing a career path?

It feels like I've been wasting my life all these years on a man so much that the only passions I have are:

1. Writing (I earned a few naira notes during the lockdown from this)
2. Hair styling (I fantasize about this and even beg people to let me make their hair)
3. Selling (I really love to sell)

What else? Nothing.

If I'm going to be sincere and truthful to myself, those three things are the only things that truly make sense to me when it comes to earning but I feel I should do more and spend some time in the cooperate world.

Wait, tell me y'all understand what I wrote up there because my mind is all over the place right now and I don't know what to think anymore.

Thank you in advance.

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by ajoke1824: 11:49am On Aug 15, 2021
No response?? cry
Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by 1forall: 11:13pm On Aug 15, 2021
At 21 you should be thinking about your career and making plans towards your future so you appear to be on the right path. Though I know there's more to you than can be written in those few paragraphs up there, I got the feeling you're still undecided and impressionable, and though you've made poor sentimental decisions prior to now, it's not too late yet.

So if you've identified your passions for writing, hair styling and selling what are you doing thinking about data analytics?

I advise people like you who see themselves as entrepreneurs and business oriented; that experience in the corporate environment is necessary to equip you with the hard and soft skills you will need when you eventually decide to venture out on your own, so on that basis will recommend that you get a job in a structured work environment to start with. If you're looking at data science, are you comfortable with statistics, technical & logical thinking, computer applications (math & stat, programming, databases and presentation) and IT in general? Do you want to learn and grow in those fields? If yes, then that's great but if no, what other field do you fancy? You need to find that out.

Final advice: Focus on those areas of strength already identified (writing etc.) and continue to develop the required skills and experience for making a living from them now and in the future, while also planning for and plotting a career path in the corporate world, data science or not. That way, even when you get employed you'll always have something to do "on the side" which helps you build a personal focus outside of your employment. Such a plan stands to make you gain valuable corporate discipline & experience, expand your knowledge base and polish your CV until you feel prepared (mentally & financially) and confident enough to start something of your own. Finally, give yourself realistic timelines to achieve these things so you don't heap too much pressure on yourself.

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by ajoke1824: 7:22am On Aug 16, 2021
1forall:
At 21 you should be thinking about your career and making plans towards your future so you appear to be on the right path. Though I know there's more to you than can be written in those few paragraphs up there, I got the feeling you're still undecided and impressionable, and though you've made poor sentimental decisions prior to now, it's not too late yet.

So if you've identified your passions for writing, hair styling and selling what are you doing thinking about data analytics?

I advise people like you who see themselves as entrepreneurs and business oriented; that experience in the corporate environment is necessary to equip you with the hard and soft skills you will need when you eventually decide to venture out on your own, so on that basis will recommend that you get a job in a structured work environment to start with. If you're looking at data science, are you comfortable with statistics, technical & logical thinking, computer applications (math & stat, programming, databases and presentation) and IT in general? Do you want to learn and grow in those fields? If yes, then that's great but if no, what other field do you fancy? You need to find that out.

Final advice: Focus on those areas of strength already identified (writing etc.) and continue to develop the required skills and experience for making a living from them now and in the future, while also planning for and plotting a career path in the corporate world, data science or not. That way, even when you get employed you'll always have something to do "on the side" which helps you build a personal focus outside of your employment. Such a plan stands to make you gain valuable corporate discipline & experience, expand your knowledge base and polish your CV until you feel prepared (mentally & financially) and confident enough to start something of your own. Finally, give yourself realistic timelines to achieve these things so you don't heap too much pressure on yourself.

Thanks very much. This advice is so appreciated.

God bless you

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Suspect33(m): 10:13am On Aug 16, 2021
One thing I'm certain of, Data Analysis is better than OVERSATURATED web development

Also, If you have a passion for Writing and Selling and are truly gifted in the craft, you should give copywriting a try, it pays even more than Medicine and Law combined

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Abujaexpress: 10:14am On Aug 16, 2021
What do they do?
Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by FalseProphet1(m): 10:14am On Aug 16, 2021
Go and become a pastor, Nigerians are going through one of the worse phases of life, provide spiritual guidance to them and possible solutions to their problems and the sky will be your limit financially.

This I have seen.

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Kokaine(m): 10:14am On Aug 16, 2021
Any career you can find offers on freelancer or upworks is promising. That's the future. Working remotely for people you don't meet and getting paid in dollars.

All those jobs people once thought lowly of like learning languages are hot cakes on upwork.com

If you know French or Hausa, you can interpret for people for a fee. You can do voice over script for short video adverts and get foreign exchange.

If you sabi electrical, then learn Proteus for simulation and building PCBs.

If you buy data, then do YouTube trainings on graphic design, video animation WordPress and some soft easy skills.

The employment scenery has changed. You can go rent a store now and call it your office and be doing freelancing jobs and still be richer than a Nigerian doctor that is not paid.

You can be an app developer that didn't go beyond secondary school and still wear better shoes than uniben computer science HOD

This is the era of skills and abilities and not class of degrees and connection. Your skill is your own connection.

So yes please... Your data science is a very good freelancing opportunity. Grab it

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by SpatialKing(m): 10:14am On Aug 16, 2021
Anything data is hot cake now

Areas like:

Data Analytics
Data Science
Data Modeling
Data Visualization
Data Mining
Data database management
Data Extract Transform and Load ETL
Data Security
Data Storytelling

Tools like:

Python
R studio
Tensor
Google Charts
Scikit
Numpy
Power Bi
Tableau
Excel Power Quary
Pandas
Geographic Information Systems
SQL
STATA
SPSS
Eviews
Epinfo
Infographics
Monitoring and Evaluation
Block Chain
AI
Virtual Reality
Results Measurement
Graphics design
Machine Learning

Organisation:
KPMG
PwC
NCC
International NGOs,
UN organization WFP, WHO
Care international

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by pman06(m): 10:17am On Aug 16, 2021
Yes, with a little dose of python or R, you'll be hot cake

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Powersurge: 10:17am On Aug 16, 2021
I can't tell you if you should choose this career path or not. But fhere things I can tell you about it.

I studied Agricultural Economics. And I am currently working as a data analyst. Unlike you, I came to the party late as I finished my schooling almost at 30.

When I was using my certificate to work, the highest offer I got was 70k. Now I am working with skills I thought myself and I am earnng more than twice that amount.

Data analysis is an infant field in Nigeria and there are opportunities globally. Notwithstanding, that doesn't mean there are no competitions. The major ingredient to landing a good DA job is experience. Hence, if you want to start, start now. Work for free if you must. Two years experience in the field will make sure you are not STRUGGLING to get an offer. 3-4 years will enable you to change jobs when you like (pls like everything, it's not a bed of roses).

Another ingredient for a successful career in this industry is intelligence. You need to have analytical mindset. DA is about problem solving. You need to learn how to ask the right questions and derive solutions. You can submit all the applications in the world in this field without a single response. Until your cover letter carries some works you have done and solutions you have brought to organisations. Hence, the place of HARD experience. You must love statistics and probability. While the ones you have learnt in school will take you 60% along (that's if you are not la cram la pour)), you must constantly learn trending mathematical concepts, DA methodologies etc)

In addition, skill set. If you have knack for knowledge, you will discover that the more you Know, the more you need to know. Over 60% of DA in Nigeria are actually Excel analyst. While in most industries Excel can do 100% of the work, you must keep working on your skill set.

Start with Excel. Learn it upto VBA level (though you will not need VBA 98% of the time). Pick Python Programming, SQL (MySQL or MSSQL), PowerBi or Tableaux. With these, you are good to go.

I am almost certain that with time, you wil pick interest in Machine learning, web developmen etc.

Where to start from? YouTube. It has 80% of the materials you will need. You can also try W3Schools, SoloLearn. For paid courses and certification (which I have not done), try Coursera. Note, what you need is skills not pali. Forget d yeye concepts of having pali.

I can take you Python for DA and all its libraries-not free not cheap.

PS: if you can't do presentation or talk before people, you may need to think twice before going into DA.

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by kingmurainah(m): 10:19am On Aug 16, 2021
Let me see maybe I can gain something from the comments, I’m into data science also
Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Brooke60(f): 10:19am On Aug 16, 2021
I am waiting for those in programming to help us out.

I am thinking Data, JavaScript or Python ( which one will you recommend for beginners please)
Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Adaorababy(f): 10:22am On Aug 16, 2021
IT is the future oil. I recently obtained a scrum master certification from scrum alliance.org. Although, I'm still in the job search, I am planning to partake in manual QA training.

Although, it costs $2,999, I don't have the cash yet but I hope to get certified before the end of this year. It really pays to be in IT. It's more profitable than making hair, ICAN, ACCA or what have you. If you can, please invest rigorously into it.

I envy Data Analytics but I have a poor statistical skill. I don't want to start something I know I will perform poorly in it. This is why I choose Scrum and Manual QA because it's for talkers like me.

So, choose any field of IT that conforms to your interest or skill and you will never regret it. I often tell younger people who are involved in wire fraud to instead learn a skill with the equipment at their disposal. It's better than being chased around by EFCC, interpol, FBI etc

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Sluacoast(m): 10:22am On Aug 16, 2021
I should have contributed but I have a little knowledge or ideas of what data analysis is all about. But since you're already acquainted with other basic skills you aforementioned. Work more on them and I hope other people on this forum can share more idea of what you're asking about.
Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Crankshaft: 10:23am On Aug 16, 2021
yes
Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by KushLyon(m): 10:27am On Aug 16, 2021
Brooke60:
I am waiting for those in programming to help us out.

I am thinking Data, JavaScript or Python ( which one will you recommend for beginners please)
It all depends on what you want to do (web development, app development, machine learning, artificial intelligence). Python is good for beginners but it's deeply rooted in machine learning and data science and it's not commonly used in Nigeria

Cc qtguru tensazangetsu20

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by RPirez: 10:27am On Aug 16, 2021
YES!!! Infact, Data Analytics and Informatics is one of the most lucrative areas you can ever venture into.

Our current world revolves around data. Also make sure to learn SQL, Python, Tableau and some Programming. These would give you an edge in the labor market and experience wise.

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by tunsy90: 10:27am On Aug 16, 2021
ajoke1824:
I sincerely hope this hits frontpage as I need as many sensible responses as possible.

This is going to be a really long one.

I'm a 21 year old penultimate student of one of Nigeria's federal universities.

I'm one of those, I can never work under a boss. I'd rather have my own business people. However, this choice took a different turn the relationship I thought was going to lead me through the isle ended in the mud. I eventually figured out that my decision to own my own business and not get a job were influenced by three things:

1. My life was wrapped around the guy I was in a relationship with. I didn't really have a life of my own. My ambition when I was with him was mostly to start a business, finish my first degree, and be a sit-at-home mum and wife. I kicked against getting a second degree and even rejected two sponsorships to relocate to Canada because I wanted to be with my man (my mumu no get part two that time).

2. I saw how badly my mom was treated at her place of work by her boss(es). I'd usually get angry and eventually vowed never to get a job.

3. I considered myself someone who's not brilliant and smart enough for the cooperate world. (Low self-esteem).

The nonsense relationship ended in a terrible way but I eventually picked up myself and moved on. Now, I'm beginning to love the cooperate world but choosing a career path has become a headache. I've been totally confused. Some of my classmates are taking ICAN and ACCA. Some are also taking CFA courses (I'm studying economics) but I have no interest in CFA, ICAN or ACCA.

I spoke with a friend of mine and he advised me to consider data analysis but I have my doubts and fears. So many questions have been ringing in my head.

How do I choose a career path that I don't eventually get frustrated with at the end of the day?

How promising is Data analysis as a career path?

What's the average pay in this field.

I'd really love to thread a path where I have even the slightest spark of passion but I can't seem to connect my passion with data analysis.

Is passion important in choosing a career path?

It feels like I've been wasting my life all these years on a man so much that the only passions I have are:

1. Writing (I earned a few naira notes during the lockdown from this)
2. Hair styling (I fantasize about this and even beg people to let me make their hair)
3. Selling (I really love to sell)

What else? Nothing.

If I'm going to be sincere and truthful to myself, those three things are the only things that truly make sense to me when it comes to earning but I feel I should do more and spend some time in the cooperate world.

Wait, tell me y'all understand what I wrote up there because my mind is all over the place right now and I don't know what to think anymore.

Thank you in advance.


Hi,Data analyst is very good and If you master it well then you are in real money.i am a data analyst,Data analyst is currently putting food on my table,If you dont mind I can take you through all what you need to be successful in that line.

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Jeetech01(m): 10:28am On Aug 16, 2021
Data analysis is a lucrative field as long as the passion for it is there.

However I still feel it will be better if you invest more energy on those areas you already have ideas on

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Danlok: 10:29am On Aug 16, 2021
You love to write, why don't you niche further into it?

Technical writing, copy writing, grant writing and so forth? These are hot niches and many youths are low key earning good money from this on freelance sites. Do a research and identify where your interest lies. I wish you all the best.

My 2 cents.

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Kokaine(m): 10:32am On Aug 16, 2021
Brooke60:
I am waiting for those in programming to help us out.

I am thinking Data, JavaScript or Python ( which one will you recommend for beginners please)
Python is taking a center position in almost all facets of most industries. You find python as an advantage in data science, GIS, microcontrollers (raspberry) and many more.
JavaScript is a very good language that will give you an edge in understanding any other programming you ever delve into. If you know JavaScript, then something like arduino c will be like childsplay to you.

If you are still young and receiving money from parents, you should learn the two. And most importantly, learn where to apply them. For instance if you know python, just learn some skills on qgis or arcgis, or take anything python is actually used for in the real world.

After that where should you go? Freelancer.com, upwork.com

Try to be self employed. Nigeria employment scene is turning something else. If you pay 2m now you won't get firs job unlike before. Someone got ndic job for 4.5m.

Better to do things that make you struggle on your own than wait till Nigeria will be good again. Or till population of lagosians reduce. The population is not going to reduce very soon.

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Nobody: 10:32am On Aug 16, 2021
If you want to succeed in the corporate world. Pick up a lot of certificates CFA, ICAN, ACCA, CIMA also M.A. Start early Skilling up, before you are 30 u will be years ahead of ur mates

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by shegzhkn: 10:34am On Aug 16, 2021
Great.
Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Donchyke007(m): 10:36am On Aug 16, 2021
Well, one thing I admire about you is your openness and honesty at accepting where you was/are today. This is the first step towards success and I tell you many people are in this same dilemma because of the system we find ourselves.
At 21 years of age trust me you still have plenty of room to make the right decisions and so you shouldn't be in a haste to choose a career path. Take your time and analyse all available options before you settle for one. From your write up you seem to me a smart person. I know people are smart in different ways. Just focus and make sure whatever you choose in the end would give you a reasonable level of satisfaction.

goodluck to you.

[q chuote author=ajoke1824 post=104798524]I sincerely hope this hits frontpage as I need as many sensible responses as possible.

This is going to be a really long one.

I'm a 21 year old penultimate student of one of Nigeria's federal universities.

I'm one of those, I can never work under a boss. I'd rather have my own business people. However, this choice took a different turn the relationship I thought was going to lead me through the isle ended in the mud. I eventually figured out that my decision to own my own business and not get a job were influenced by three things:

1. My life was wrapped around the guy I was in a relationship with. I didn't really have a life of my own. My ambition when I was with him was mostly to start a business, finish my first degree, and be a sit-at-home mum and wife. I kicked against getting a second degree and even rejected two sponsorships to relocate to Canada because I wanted to be with my man (my mumu no get part two that time).

2. I saw how badly my mom was treated at her place of work by her boss(es). I'd usually get angry and eventually vowed never to get a job.

3. I considered myself someone who's not brilliant and smart enough for the cooperate world. (Low self-esteem).

The nonsense relationship ended in a terrible way but I eventually picked up myself and moved on. Now, I'm beginning to love the cooperate world but choosing a career path has become a headache. I've been totally confused. Some of my classmates are taking ICAN and ACCA. Some are also taking CFA courses (I'm studying economics) but I have no interest in CFA, ICAN or ACCA.

I spoke with a friend of mine and he advised me to consider data analysis but I have my doubts and fears. So many questions have been ringing in my head.

How do I choose a career path that I don't eventually get frustrated with at the end of the day?

How promising is Data analysis as a career path?

What's the average pay in this field.

I'd really love to thread a path where I have even the slightest spark of passion but I can't seem to connect my passion with data analysis.

Is passion important in choosing a career path?

It feels like I've been wasting my life all these years on a man so much that the only passions I have are:

1. Writing (I earned a few naira notes during the lockdown from this)
2. Hair styling (I fantasize about this and even beg people to let me make their hair)
3. Selling (I really love to sell)

What else? Nothing.

If I'm going to be sincere and truthful to myself, those three things are the only things that truly make sense to me when it comes to earning but I feel I should do more and spend some time in the cooperate world.

Wait, tell me y'all understand what I wrote up there because my mind is all over the place right now and I don't know what to think anymore.

Thank you in advance.

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by evy800(f): 10:36am On Aug 16, 2021
My case isn't very different from the op the only difference is I'm in my late 20's and just realised I can't continue with my current job cos apart from the fact that my earnings are meagre I'm downright unhappy doing what I do. So here's my dilemma

Contemplating learning ux design... does it have a Nigerian Market.?
Cos honestly I'm too old to be making wrong career choices

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by OfeAchi: 10:40am On Aug 16, 2021
Look for a good rich husband and marry.
I can recommend some well to do Igbo guys for you.
Forget, all these feminists. A woman without a man to take care of her is not worth living.
3 of my sisters are sit at home mothers, taking in millions in savings form their wealthy husbands. Leave Data Analysis for the guys!

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Re: Is Data Analytics A Promising Career Path? by Pumpumking: 10:43am On Aug 16, 2021
ajoke1824:
I sincerely hope this hits frontpage as I need as many sensible responses as possible.

This is going to be a really long one.

I'm a 21 year old penultimate student of one of Nigeria's federal universities.

I'm one of those, I can never work under a boss. I'd rather have my own business people. However, this choice took a different turn the relationship I thought was going to lead me through the isle ended in the mud. I eventually figured out that my decision to own my own business and not get a job were influenced by three things:

1. My life was wrapped around the guy I was in a relationship with. I didn't really have a life of my own. My ambition when I was with him was mostly to start a business, finish my first degree, and be a sit-at-home mum and wife. I kicked against getting a second degree and even rejected two sponsorships to relocate to Canada because I wanted to be with my man (my mumu no get part two that time).

2. I saw how badly my mom was treated at her place of work by her boss(es). I'd usually get angry and eventually vowed never to get a job.

3. I considered myself someone who's not brilliant and smart enough for the cooperate world. (Low self-esteem).

The nonsense relationship ended in a terrible way but I eventually picked up myself and moved on. Now, I'm beginning to love the cooperate world but choosing a career path has become a headache. I've been totally confused. Some of my classmates are taking ICAN and ACCA. Some are also taking CFA courses (I'm studying economics) but I have no interest in CFA, ICAN or ACCA.

I spoke with a friend of mine and he advised me to consider data analysis but I have my doubts and fears. So many questions have been ringing in my head.

How do I choose a career path that I don't eventually get frustrated with at the end of the day?

How promising is Data analysis as a career path?

What's the average pay in this field.

I'd really love to thread a path where I have even the slightest spark of passion but I can't seem to connect my passion with data analysis.

Is passion important in choosing a career path?

It feels like I've been wasting my life all these years on a man so much that the only passions I have are:

1. Writing (I earned a few naira notes during the lockdown from this)
2. Hair styling (I fantasize about this and even beg people to let me make their hair)
3. Selling (I really love to sell)

What else? Nothing.

If I'm going to be sincere and truthful to myself, those three things are the only things that truly make sense to me when it comes to earning but I feel I should do more and spend some time in the cooperate world.

Wait, tell me y'all understand what I wrote up there because my mind is all over the place right now and I don't know what to think anymore.

Thank you in advance.



nice. one bro...u deserve 2 babes & i will give u Beebah2000 and Adadioranma79 sir.
. They can cook n clean sir!!!!!! cheesy

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