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Anne Adams: The Rise of Prostitution in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria



Poverty, desperation, peer pressure or greed? What could possibly be the constituting factors responsible for the increasing rate of prostitution burrowing deep into the ivory tower of learning institutions in Nigeria?
Indeed, it is right to say that tertiary institutions in Nigeria have become citadels of indecency and sexual activities.

As a student, I have witnessed some of these things.  I have come across good girls from proper families obliging to this pitiful lifestyle regardless of having every basic need at their disposal: proper education, monthly allowance, food, shelter and clothing. Although, poverty is a contributing factor to this problem, is the excuse of lack, justifiable for engaging in this act?

Girl! No situation is permanent, you cannot define your future by your present situation,nothing good comes easy; the people you see at the top today did not just appear there, they all have their stories to tell.

Sex has become cheap and easy to get from female students of Nigerian higher institutions; they readily sell their bodies to anyone willing to pay good cash, buy designer purses and shoes, sponsor luxury vacations, buy Brazilian and Peruvian hair, buy the latest smartphones, even something as ridiculous as paying for outrageously expensive drinks at nightclubs. Needless to say, anyone willing to spoil them silly is in for a good treat.

This sex trade is booming on campuses and even extending to hotels and night clubs across the country. These “bad b*tches” as they call themselves would leave their school work to be gallivanting the whole place in search of only God knows what.

Who do we blame for this situation? What is the government doing about this? O wait! What can they do? They actively patronize the trade as well, through agents otherwise known as ‘pimps’. These pimps make a lot of money by organizing call girls for these irresponsible men throwing caution to the wind and engaging in lewd activities with girls young enough to be their daughters/granddaughters. These pimps carry albums about, containing pictures of these girls to present to clients who are interested but too busy to carry out a life interview. The buyers have the right to choose from the various options available to them, they pick the ones they find attractive and take them for a price.

Shame is not even considered as an obstacle to these “bad b*tches” and “runz girls”; they form cliques amongst themselves parading the campuses with luxury cars, high quality textured weaves, designer purses, bleached skins and the latest smartphones you could find around. They have improvised new techniques using social networks to patronize their services by posting racy pictures and videos hoping to attract potential customers. They even go as far as putting up contact numbers and email addresses for “bookings and enquiries” to make what they are doing seem less disgusting than it actually is.

They really do not have the time to listen to you if you are not talking money. Did I hear you say love? If you are not talking money, you are definitely not talking anything. Looks are not even on the list of their specifications anymore. I once heard a girl say “I can date a monkey as long as that monkey has money!”

Celebrities also have a part to play in this epidemic; they portray perfect luxury lifestyles without telling the world the struggles they faced on the journey to becoming who they are today. If you ask some of these girls who their role models are, they will tell you significant figures in the entertainment industry who flaunt their lifestyles on social media. They want to own a Michael Kors purse, Elizabeth Arden perfume and Christian Louboutin shoes like the popular figures, forgetting that these figures have passed through challenging phases and as such cannot compare and expect to live such flamboyant lifestyles without passing through their own ordeals. The problem with these girls is that they want a ready-made life. Nobody wants to work hard for anything anymore.

I am a girl from an average family, I wasn’t in any way born with a silver spoon, and I learned to do things for myself at a very little age. Growing up for me had its ups and downs; there were times when things were really difficult and I had to manage the little I was given. Depending on people has never been a thing for me. My parents send me monthly allowance but frankly speaking it is never just enough to cater to my evolving needs. The need to be independent basically pushed me into digging deep and discovering my talents, making money out of it has definitely enabled me to support myself. I don’t need to wear designer clothes and fake my lifestyle because I know that if I work hard towards achieving my dreams I would succeed and success comes with living that lifestyle.

Patience is a virtue many of these girls lack. Climbing the ladder one step at a time is really not an option; they believe the fast track to the top is selling their bodies.

In my 300 level, I was still using a Blackberry Bold 6, basically I could do all I wanted to do with it plus the cost of subscription was very affordable so I had no reason to change it. I became a laughing stock to some of friends, they will say “ahn ahn Anne, when will you upgrade and change your phone, nobody uses Blackberry as a major phone these days”. It got to a point where someone told me she would hook me up with a guy that would change my situation. My Dad got me a phone few months later on. It was far better than theirs. This just goes to show that contentment comes with a reward.

It is our duty as Nigerians to take whatever steps we can to see to the eradication of this problem facing us. Awareness should be created on this issue; it is too serious to be overlooked. If you are a regular patron, have a rethink, you could be of help to a young girl in need without accepting the price she has placed on herself. If you have a friend or neighbor that engages in this lifestyle, a word of advice could go a long way.

The government also has a duty of setting regulations and implementing them in order to curb this phenomenon; they can also provide work study jobs and avenues for supporting talents. The school administration has a function of discouraging these acts as well.

To all my “bad b*tches” out there, take bits of that bad b*tch and see if you can fuse it into becoming a queen, anything that can be purchased is essentially worthless. Do not let the mistakes of your ignorance be an obstacle to your future, because at the end of the day it’s not worth it.

Photo Credit: Dreamstime | Michael Zhang

My name is Anne Adams, I am a 400 level student of Babcock university majoring in Economics, I am also a professional makeup artiste. I believe in God . I love travelling, drawing and writing.visit my blog, Instagram @annyadams/belannas_beauty


  1. Bisi

    March 20, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Love the Quote “Anything that can be purchased is worthless” Girls should know better. LETS BE WISE, SO MANY THINGS WE CAN DO

    • Osa

      March 22, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Nowadays, our young girls come two for a penny. Getting a girl to lie on her back for cash is the simplest thing any man can do today. In my time, it was embarassing to even be toasted by an old married man, but today what you get is the young girls in all their youthfulness, chasing old wrinkled married men, and even finding them attractive. Its quite an ambition and they find it a thing of pride to be dating a big man who is well known in the society, instaed of even feeling ashamed about it.
      Im sure many many many men (old ones inclusive), will not remember the last time they had to even as little as chase a woman. They dont even need to talk, before these pathetic souls open their legs for their target to slide in. Quite a disgusting thought, but the truth is that many young girls are extremely cheap nowadays.

  2. Titilade Raji

    March 20, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    All of the Above REASONS are responsible for the continuous prostitution in the Universities ….

  3. tessa Doghor

    March 20, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    You left out the lecturers

    How they spoil the girls and the girls just continue
    One lecturer got mad because he was used to sleeping with all the girls in his class including the married women

    Only divine interventions helped the girl escape.


    March 20, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    prostitution is an age old topic that will neva go away. While people get something in return, i know of ladies now that just have sex with no strings attached. I love your write-up, but university ladies and ladies in general just need to learn to work hard. It takes nothing to find a thing people need and isnt in the market and then work at making that thing available for others. They need to understand that everything isnt money and like my dad said to me long time ago. While wealth and money might fade away, a GOOD name will never fade away.

  5. jagbajantis

    March 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    It is shame because “runs-girlism” has become a national problem. The men that patronize and encourage these girls to give up sexual favors for cash, are just as bad, but ultimately every female should be responsible for her own dignity. Here are my 2 kobo:

    1. One of the causes for the above is greed and insecurity. Somehow due to years of economic struggle, and the lack of a thriving middle-class under the military era, materialism has now taken off. Everybody wants to be live it up, before they have the means to earn it. Our girls are no different. But most of it is greed. Why would a girl try to live above her means, and own goods of ostentation in order to show she has arrived?

    2. Guard your vagina as it shows mileage. Expensive items can be replaced, and always get dated, as there is always a new fashion thing every year, but an expired vagina and a worn-out soul is a problem

    3. Fellas can help by refusing to indulge these materialistic girls. I know we all want to smash, but it all comes back to bite everyone. We all have sisters, cousins, daughters and we need to fight this behavior and stopping it from becoming widespread. I made an effort myself, to refuse to pay or grant favors for sexual relationships with university girls who were obviously hustling. Some years ago, I was sitting in my car with my friend in front of a club, when some girls in skimpy outfits walked past. They looked like university chicks from their relative youth, and were made up with weaves and all glam. Our window was open, and I turned to my friend after they had gone past, and said, “the brown skinned one in the red dress is really hot.”

    It was a quiet remark, but some of these runs girls must be blessed with eagle vision and the hearing of a hyena. Because would you believe, the girls heard me say it, and turned back to approach us. One of them put her head in through the car window, and said “I heard you say, you liked my friend in the red dress, and that she is beautiful.”

    I replied “Yeah, I think she looks lovely”

    She replied “She can follow you tonight if you want”

    Me “Follow me, how?”

    She replied “She can go home with you, or if you want to take her out somewhere for the night. Just make sure you give her transport money in the morning.”

    I was shell-shocked. I declined graciously of course, even though the girl looked very very hot. If I fathomed a guess, she would have been between 23-26, and had a body shaped like a Pepsi bottle, and flat stomach, and brown skin like Bournvita. I like chicks yes, but I have to be principled and draw the line somewhere.

  6. Ebony

    March 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Thank God someone called it what it is “prostitution”, and not some fancy name like “runz”.

  7. jefka

    March 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    you my dear forgot laziness…………..
    many girls are lazy, yes i said it.
    when i was in primary school, my dad had so much money all the teachers wanted to be my private teacher to find favour, when i was in ss2, my dad lost his job and his assests and money seized, they are still battling it in court till date.
    my lifestyle had to change, life was super difficult and relatives refused to help.
    wheni was in year one in the university, the fees was increased and my mum said she couldnt meet up, that i should come back home……….
    people who knew my family were always making fun of my dad and how he was always seen trekking to church or taking a bike.
    i had the urge to sleep around for money because, yes i have a to die for figure and men were always around me………
    but what i did was weigh my decision against the consequences and i backed out.
    i started doing little things here and there for money….from washing people’s cloths to babysitting, and baking to sell.
    my mum started sewing and doing small business and before you know it, i was done with school and immediately after my project, found a job that was paying 20k………i worked so hard and today i am grateful to God for where i am.
    i didnt have a blackberry phone until 2011, i didnt even know how to use it.
    i didnt enter a plane till 2013, all i have now, i save to buy. i still go to yaba market and balogun and what i wear is always beautiful even though there are not designers.
    the point of this epistle is………..i gave in to my quick need for money once, but when the guy saw that i wasnt greedy and just waiting for sex to put money in my hands, he encouraged me never to again. he was actually the person who helped me get my first job.
    please, ladies…….we are women not men……..we have alot to loose by being reckless and sleeping around.
    be wise, be prayerful and be hardworking.

    • nene

      March 21, 2015 at 8:31 am

      thank God for your life.

    • Osa

      March 22, 2015 at 10:13 am

      My dear, you’re partly guilty, even tho it was just once, you still fell into temptation. The guy got you a job becos strings had once been attached.

  8. edu

    March 20, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Great write up but as a student u dint see nada.I knw pple who wud stil proudly use a blod 4 nw
    For the runz girl I don’t judge them cos I don’t knw their story

    • ada nnewi

      March 21, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Thank you! Finally someone with a balanced view. Dear writer, how have you tried to help the girls that are sleeping around because they are struggling… when I was uni a few years back, my pocket money averaged 150k a month and it was never enough, you know why? Cause I split it, I saw how a lot of girls were living some constantly only ate bread or noodles, just wore one shoe, never made their hair, always borrowed books, some were to proud to ask for help but I would help without them asking once I saw their struggle so they would never be pushed to sell themselves…the number 1 rule is be your sister’s keeper…End of Story!

  9. Ibinabo

    March 20, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Nice article. I attended a Nigerian University for a while and I can tell you that most girls that do ‘runs’ do it because of lack of contentment rather than as a means to survive. During my time there greater than 80% of the runs girls around me were girls that could afford to pay their fees, feed and dress decently (even though they couldn’t afford luxury) but they indulged in runs to get latest gadgets, designer clothes and fancy holidays. I know girls that slept with all sorts of men to just gather money to buy a blackberry bold 2 and looking back now I can tell you it wasn’t worth it at all. I mean who even uses a bold 2 now? Today very few of them are doing well for themselves. In fact, a lot of them are now looking up to me and throwback some years ago there was nothing fancy about me.Temporary pleasures and the need to belong have put a lot of people in trouble. Please let us all strive to work hard and not base our self-worth on possessions.

  10. Adaeze Writes

    March 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    The girls you mentioned above are even more expensive that the ones I knew then in school. We called them ‘******** girls’ it’s the name of a popular drink but I wouldn’t want to mention it because the brand has got nothing to do with their ways. Prostitution is growing in an alarming rate in Nigerian universities and even the country at large. Many girls want it ready-made and it’s so sad because hard work pays at the end of the day.

  11. beloved

    March 20, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    This is nothing new. I went to uni during the second republic and a lot of girls would disappear at weekends to the boltholes of politicians. Some of them had several on the go. Ironically, most of the said girls are now happily married to nice men and very settled in their lives. You should see their religious, ‘holier- than- thou’ stance on facebook, these days. I guess they have cleaned up. I am not condoning these activites, but merely stating that they also happened in yester years.

  12. mimi

    March 20, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I was in my third year in uni. I was pushed to the wall. So I followed a man old enough to be my father to a hotel. I got there but I couldn’t just do it. I kept thinking is this worth it. Just another girl to him and I was a virgin then. Now am married to my soul mate who worships the ground I walk on. It wasn’t easy back then but I thank God for that grace not to be stupid. I will gist my daughter when she is older. She is just 2 and I love her to death but would let her realise she’s a diamond.
    not everyone can afford them

  13. bb

    March 20, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I think Prostitution, weed, gambling and euthanasia should be legal, especially the first two. People that earn an income from selling sex and weed need to pay taxes like everyone else. Fashola go after them.

  14. Personal Signature

    March 20, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Standing ovation for you Anne, God bless you!

    I appreciate your parents for sending you to Babcock cos we are a product of everything around us and what we have passed thru.

    To be candid with you all, there is nothing we can do about it. Signs of the end times and its going to go worse. The upcoming generation is worse than what we all have experienced. Go see 13, 14, 15year old girls at galleria, silver bird or eateries- What you as a working class can’t afford, you see on them. Many at times its not from their parents. Those who were brought up like that by parents will definitely want to keep up with it when they grow up and will result into prostitution.

    Another area many aint looking at is the girls who dont go on the streets but are advanced prostitutes. If you collect money from a man before sleeping with him, you are exchanging something. Not just the ones on the streets

    Sometimes within my heart, i wish i can have all males as kids cos what i see girls do is heart breaking. No matter how you as a parent keep them indoors, give them enough so they don’t look out or whatever you do, you still find many going the wrong way.

    We all at a time in our lives have been pushed to the wall, when you refuse to give in, God makes a way. Nothing , i mean nothing, should force you into it.

    Finally, parents!, parents!!, parents!!!, these kids are given to us to take care of them and we shall give account. Do whatever it takes to put them on the right path.

    All will be well someday (in heaven i guess)

  15. me

    March 20, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    women do not really understand their power…

    in a generation that has been themed after people like the kardarshians, we don’t have to look too far to see where the problem stems from. prostitution started long ago as some people have stated but its spreading more and more because through instagram, twitter, facebook and E! the world has been reduced to a capsule where all that is waved before our eyes in the fast lane, get rich quick kinda life, where everyone is a balling guy, bad bish, thot or baby mama… values are in a disarray and morals is almost a forgotten story. Hood-fame rules and everyone wants to do all they can to “belong” especially girls.

    we need a serious re-orientation on what is right in this generation because priorities have been so distorted by the imMEDIAte distractions that we are faced with on a day to day basis. Success comes with hard-work, sweat and tears unfortunately tho most girls just want to take the easy way out and have the rainbow without going through the rain…

    may God help us.

    • Osa

      March 22, 2015 at 10:26 am

      True. Why dont people see beyond the fact that ‘kim k is a hardworking woman and is smiling to the bank’. Her fame was built on a highly immoral act, regardless of what we think.

      Her fame only came becos of a stupid sex tape and subsequent nude editorials. How on earth can she be a role model that young girls can look up to? What has she done as charity other than wear designer outfits and get photographed. What foundation or charity has she founded?
      Harworker? I laugh. Who will not work round the clock whilst raking in millions of dollars monthly? The adrenaline will flow by force. Hard work is when there is no apparent gain, but there is that commitment to put in positive energy and consistency. Wen there is that incentive, of course who will not work hard.

  16. fleur

    March 21, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Also a graduate of one of the hottest spots for pretty run girls in the south back in the last military era – Babangida times. Most of them were from respectable families. One of them in fact astounded me because her mother was a heavy duty socialite and moneyed woman and would frequently send her to the states and London for her relatives weddings, birthdays and other events. The girls had a “look book” at one of the oldest hotel institutions in the south. The look book was for mostly soliciting white patrons. I heard that you submitted a photo that they showed patrons who would ask for high class girls. we learned about this because one of the moneyed girls had a big fight that ended with police intervention and the hotel banning them because there was an apparent preference for one of the two white men they went to cavort with. Somehow, they decided fighting over a one night stand was a necessary out of their dilemma. That was the first time we heard she was actually doing that type of business. I know of another runs girl whose father had a big hotel that was well known. Why she would do runs with politicians at that time was beyond me. The fact is that GREED, perceived POWER, and lack of self-worth is a great driver for the behavior we see on our campuses. People not being satiated with what they have comes from lack of self confidence. If your source of lack of satisfaction with life is not because of food, you are simply greedy. I came from a family of average means. That means my school fees were paid for but no way was I going to wear “flowered linen” or “jacqaurd” to class. It was simply unaffordable. Did I admire the chics that wore those then state of the art outfits? Yes. Did I have the opportunity to do what they were doing – YES. I n fact, one of the pimps for the military governors then who is now a WELL KNOWN POLITICIAN FROM THE EAST AND FORMER CIVILIAN GOVERNOR had offered to take me to meet people who would change my life and make me soar the skies. I imagined the faces of the names he dropped and no way was I allowing those people near my skin not to talk of my down below. I had too much value for my privates. For those who would ask if I was donating to small small boys – No. I had no interest either in opening my legs for people I knew were not positioned at that time in their lives to commit to me. I just thought college age was not the time to find a spouse on campus. Like one of the commenters noted, many of these girls are now married to men who would roll over if they knew how many dirty old men their wives opened up for and worse still for money. The one thing that breaches trust is knowing that someone would become subhuman for a few thousand naira and a helicopter ride (yes oh babes, back then it was not private jet, it was helicopter ride). Anyway, going back to those days, the parties were dope, the stories of trips to Aso Rock would cause your eyes to grow out of size. Some of these girls had acquaintance lists that some business men in Lagos would pay shege to own. I loved to look at their goodies and sometimes they came back to the dorm and everyone profited from their escapades but I just never had the desire in me to do it. Many slept with 4-5 men at a time back to back. the funny thing is even though I did not do it, I sort of admired that they had the guts to do it. So there was no loathing for them. For me, I just knew I would be disgusted with myself afterwards. Girls, LOVE yourself first. Do not allow people around you to define who you are and could be. Yes, our society has a cringeworthy way of rewarding bad behavior but at the end of the day, it is how you feel about yourself that matters. Ironically, as the decades have flown by, I run into some of the ones that tried to get me on board and failed. Guess what they tell me? They express disbelief that I never “played” and ask me how I was able to overcome the temptation. Then they actually want me to meet their wives and a couple have told their daughters I am an aunty to hang out with. So funny. They valued the “No” coming out of my mouth.

  17. diamond

    March 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you writer for this awesome piece, this issue is serious and should be treated properly

  18. tunmi

    March 21, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Oh please. Castigating adults for their own decisions with other adults is becoming tiring. But if you are interested in this “scourge” have you talked to any of them to know why choose prostitution? What are the statistics on these? Where are your sources?

    • Goldyn Gurl

      March 22, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Runs girl alert…..

    • Bruness

      March 22, 2015 at 8:15 am

      Tunmi did you say sources and statistics #laughable# if you put this simply as adult decisions then it means you are the Shallowest of them all. It means that our kids are going to dabble into messier stuff. I blame the system, government, religion, parents, universities, the western world, lecturers, students, schools, the so called consenting adults. There are a thousand and one reasons that make girls do these things, poverty, self hate, peer pressure, coercion, laziness, greed, jealousy, stupidity, I could go on and on.
      I can’t believe we’ve come to a point where morals mean nothing and we make excuses for useless things. These things have been happening in the past but the difference is that in the past there was some kind of fear and guilt attributed to it A CONSCIENSE but now it’s replaced with ARROGANCE, it’s a thing of pride now, women are generally seen as cheap, while we’re busy imitating and looking up to the westerners we forget where we’re coming from and forget to draw the line between sanity and insanity. God made us women beautiful inside out, gave us a brain, a creative mind, legs, hands, eyes, a heart to uplift the world and women folk instead we choose to spread our legs wider than the atlantic ocean for human hair, mac powder, dubai, iphone and cars, and at the mere mention of feminism, from underneath their hotel duvet they squeeze the buttons of their fancy phone and hit the aye! button.
      And p.s Same goes for the guys too!!

    • tunmi

      March 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Or they simply like having sex. Or they are not as hung up on sex as you are. Or frankly, they truly do not give a damn. You mentioned “poverty, self hate, peer pressure, coercion, laziness, greed, jealousy, stupidity”. But have you talked TO them. We keep talking ABOUT them, and we keep focusing on women not the men, but have you actually bothered to talk TO them. Take the Olivia Pope character on Scandal. When she was in college, she did the same things you guys have typed. She slept with some, didn’t sleep with some, she made her own decisions. Remember the BABELs post by Isio? There are women who voluntarily engage with men of power. Why? For reasons more than poverty or greed. Hell I have 3 jobs due to poverty or greed, I’m marketing my brilliance out of that greed, but that’s fine because my body parts are not on display.

      You do not get to police other adult’s decisions or their bodies. And I say adults because they are adults. But let’s not focus on the adults creating the demand for this. Rather than name the governors and politicians, we allude to them (please stop that). Why is it so easy to pick on women? Their boobs are yours, their body is not yours. You can’t do prostitution? Fine, don’t do it. Some women are tailors and doctors, and some are high class and street hookers. There is ALWAYS a choice in every profession, the decision is yours. And please do not bring he West into this, we have our own vocabulary y’know “runz”.

      This does apply to blackmail or rape.

    • Bruness

      March 24, 2015 at 8:09 am

      Aunty hard working Tunmi, I cnt wait but to mention the west, YOU thrive to be like and speak like them, look and act like them. This stupid talk of translating feminism to disrespecting your body is hog wash. We’re embracing homosexuality. Mind you I apportioned blame to almost everyone including FEMINIST Tunmi, so please don’t make this about women. All I’m saying is if you choose to spread for every tom dick and harry for money and brand it feminism it’s prostitution, we have the power and agility to get things done without spreading. Have you been to the higher institutions lately? Its saddening.

  19. ayisa

    March 23, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Mama tunmi, you are talking absolute rubbish, I cannot find sense in anything you are saying, so prostitution is fine by you? This is what you preach? How would you feel if your daughter turns out to be a hoe sleeping with men old enough to be her father? Please if you don’t have anything sensible to say, don’t comment, in a bid to be objective, don’t sound stupid…… You are probably doing the same trade, well I wish you good luck

  20. Gracey

    April 4, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Hmmmm……. Nice write up Anne, kip it going…..nd to d badest bithes I pray U meet Jesus…nd to all who av commented let’s help dem if dey are ready to be helped, nt judge dem , am also a student of Babcock nd I know au deep ds tin has eaten into d skull of ds girls….I wish dey can look deep into d mirror nd see wot dey av turned themselves into…..God help dem all

  21. Chigwenembe Moses

    July 4, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    it is really amazing that even when this type of work has a lot of risks girls are still going for it, hopefully each girl out their can understand that life is in stages, even when things are not alright their is a place where God makes all things beautiful. As Anny said “anything that can be purchased is essentially worthless”. it is important to work hard to day and enjoy later of the privileges you need. Apostle, Rev Chigwenembe Moses

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