The social digital world will tell you how unsafe the world is. The media will show you the poor areas of Africa, screening epidemics of Ebola and all types of diseases. They will even go as far as showing documentaries of drug cartels in South America – many that can be found on Netflix. But should you allow the digital world stop you from seeing the world.
They will go so far till you have become so scared of the place. You no longer want to go or have an interest in travelling.
Another thing they do is show black people in a bad light – this is the worst. Why would you wanna go somewhere that doesn’t welcome black people?
The digital world has grown so much more in the last few years. And more people are travelling around the world. However, there are many people in the world that are terrified of seeing the world. Some of these people have a personal choice of not seeing the world. They allow the world to dedicate how they live or how one should live their life, which is a scary feeling.
Let me give you an example.
I have been to some (not all) places which are considered to be ‘dangerous’ and for a black young woman! In saying that, I’ve also been to real safe countries. Take Singapore for example, it is considered one of the safest countries in the world. Safer than England.
I remember the first time I told people that I was moving to Singapore. Many were, of course, happy for me. There was also the other side which surprised me! Several peoples reactions where – oh my gosh but there are no black people there! This saddened me because I was about to take an adventure of a lifetime, but some just didn’t get it.
Looking back now, I am so glad I didn’t let this get to me. Let people negative reaction get to me. If I did, I wouldn’t have seen all of South East Asia and met worldwide lifetime friends! In all honesty, it’s about finding the time to do your own research of a country and deciding whether it’s safe for you to go!
As I have grown older I have learnt, to taste and see the world for what it really is. After the ordeal, I received while in Greece, Athens. I never imagined writing something like this. It saddens me that people can take time out of their lives and lie on someone and authorities with no evidence can take on such fabrication.
On that day. I faced a harsh reality that I am black and I am female. How I perceive myself is not the same as how people perceive me. Being black can get you into some real shit. You may never understand why people choose to be the way they are. In this circumstance, I can put it down to one thing. People hate themselves and have serious insecurities. And if you let them win you won’t see the world freely.
As I have grown older I have learnt, to taste and see the world for what it really is
Should this stop you from seeing the world?
My immediate answer after what I experienced would be to say yes. However, my next question would be to ask why shouldn’t we travel because people discriminate in the world? There are racists, sexist all types of people and things everywhere! There are people who will try and do anything to ruin an experience. Or your views of the world – only if you let them. The fact of the matter is SHIT HAPPENS. This is the truth; anything can happen to you anywhere you are it’s how you decide to deal with it as an individual.
Travelling the world can be hard when the social world can be constantly placing fear in you. Not to mention family and friends. As a child my mother was always the worst, constantly planting fear in me. Oh no don’t go near the water, don’t go to that country, there are no black people there. Why you would go there? I had to decide as an adult that I wanted to see the world for what it really was.
While living abroad I was lucky enough to take up a job that would require me to live in China. Again, friends and family showed their disapproval particularly my mother. She stressed the importance of me coming back to London once I had finished my exams. Sadly, I did come back which I am still quite resentful for. I believe there is so much for us in this world. People shouldn’t stop us from chasing our dreams because of a few comments.
Other places such as doing NYSC in Nigeria (a camp in Nigeria to serve your country) I have been hindered from because family or friends have once again got in the way of my decision making. I remember my father going as far as saying if I moved to Nigeria, he wouldn’t speak to me! Since he left Nigeria, he has not ever been able to say one good word about it! Of course, I listened and didn’t go but it’s another thing I wish I did.
And this is my problem. There are so many perceptions of the world that makes one believe that you can’t go anywhere. This perception can hinder someone in not travelling and it drives me mad! People tell you their negative views of a country because they are so fixated on what the news or the social world tells them. I believe the digital world can be such an exaggerater and anyone that takes everything word for word might live a sheltered life.
Don’t get me wrong there are some countries that I wouldn’t dream of travelling too. Many that I wouldn’t name. But it doesn’t mean that my experiences and what I see on the news should stop me. So why should it stop you? I would never tell anyone not to visit Athens because everyone’s experience is different.
Final thoughts on seeing the world…
Honestly, the world is not scary…
No matter the destination, being informed and using your initiative is the best way to stay safe. I am not saying you will go somewhere, and you will always be safe. A life I’m afraid doesn’t always work like that.
Tell me what you think do you think the digital/ news world plays a role in where you will and won’t travel? Have you been anywhere that society considers dangerous? let me know in the comments below.
Black History Month was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1987. It was organised through the leadership of Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo. He had served as a coordinator of special projects for the Greater London Council (GLC) and created a collaboration to get it underway.
Black History Month happens in October every year. Although it started 30 years ago, I never felt like celebrated the month as I should. Which for me has always been a shame. Throughout history, black people have been discriminated against and treated badly because of the colour of their skin.
Interested in Civil Service? The Civil Service Race Forum and the BEIS Faith and Minority Ethnic Network (FAME) are bringing to you the launch event for Black History Month 2019. With a theme of ‘Involve to Evolve’, join us for a day full of keynote speeches and panels. It will address important questions of how we should be tackling race issues. To evolve the Civil Service into a more representative, diverse and inclusive workforce. For more info and tickets.
The African-Caribbean Fusion Festival will be held at the University of Portsmouth Eldon Building from 12:00-5:00 pm. It is being organised by the Portsmouth Black History Committee. A day to celebrate the heritage, culture and diversity of the local African-Caribbean community. For more info and tickets.
Black Women’s History- What’s Her Story? aims to raise awareness of the key African and Caribbean female figures in British history from the Roman era to the present day. Through discovery and discussion that celebrates these women’s lives and their contributions to our history. For more info and tickets
One Africa Network (OAN) will be holding an event for like-minded business professionals and entrepreneurs in Birmingham. Attending our monthly events is an excellent way to strengthen relationships, share innovative ideas, insights, career and new business opportunities. Opportunites to speed network with other delegates and share inspiring ideas. For more info and tickets
Check out some of the best Urban Comedians in the great settings of the Belgrade Theatre Coventry. On the night you have the ferociously quick-witted Kane Brown. The veteran comedy Host Kat B, Smash Entertainz from Belly Buss Comedy and our favourite Auntie Maureen Younger. For more info and tickets
Date: 26 OctoberWolverhampton, 19 October Leicester and 18 October Coventry
Celebrate Black History Month with our screening of Britain’s first black film. Set in 70s London, Pressure tells the story of Tony, a bright school-leaver and son of West Indian immigrants, who finds himself torn between his parents’ church-going conformity and his brother’s Black Power militancy. A vivid account of the cultural tensions between the Windrush generation and their children, now native to Britain, Pressure is powered by raw, authentic performances and political bite. For more info and tickets.
50th Anniversary celebrations for Bogle-L’Ouverture. Publication for a radical London-based publishing company founded in 1968 by Guyanese activists Jessica Huntley and Eric Huntley.
Chaired by Beverley Mason, this discussion with guest speakers Eric Huntley and Leila Howe will explore the radical power of Blackness. Black publishing and the role of bookshops in the Black community.
An award-winning international stand up comedian, event host, Master of ceremony, actor, an entertainer and mentor. Mc OJB is a household name, and humour merchant. He began his comedy career in the university, where he got his name Pastor Of Comedy and has since graced stages with international comedians like Julius Agwu, Senator, Alibaba, Gordons D Berlusconi, AY (Ayo Makun), Comedian Accapella, Bovi to mention a few. For more info andtickets.
Cost: £20.00 VIP £50.00
Date: 13 October
Will you be celebrating Black History Month this year? What will you be doing? Do you have any events that you would like to share?
In my first year of living in Colombia, a group of girlfriends and I travelled to Cartagena. On one of the first nights, we went to a club called Bubaloos or something like that. We went in two separate groups, me being in the first. When we got there they told us the club was closed to a private event. Being our first time, we took it to be true and told our friends to meet us elsewhere. The next day we learned that other mutual friends had been there the night before and it began to sink in; they had turned us away because we weren’t the clientele they were seeking.
2. Second story
This is not quite travelling discrimination, but related to the stereotypes attached to black people in countries in which they are not the majority. While I was living in Santiago, Chile I had to experience being solicited as a sex worker at 4:30 in the afternoon as I walked to my apartment with grocery bags in tow.
After the shock and confusion wore off I asked Chilean friends why this had been assumed. The explanation was simple, if not completely limiting and infuriating: I was a black woman which meant I must have been Colombian and the only thing they “knew” about black Colombian women was they were prostitutes, particularly up in the mining towns in the north of the country. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the last time.
There are several different versions of the story, and I only want to tell the truth about what happened to me in Athens. So, before I start, I want to state the facts of what happened:
On 1st August 2019, I went to the Acropolis temple with my boyfriend and his sister as we took pictures, I was grabbed by a woman and pushed out of the site. I was not once asked to leave or given any warning.
There was absolutely nothing wrong with my dress, I was arrested because a false accusation was made against me.
I was wrongly accused of a breach of sexual decency due to Karkos Anastasious, making a false statement that I lifted my dress twice.
The Acropolis site said they had video evidence of this. The surveillance never was presented to the police, me or the court.
I was acquitted.
I am now in the process of suing Karkos Anastasious for lying and racially targeting me for something I didn’t do.
ARRESTED IN ATHENS
ago, a guard at the Parthenon Acropolis in Athens wrongly accused me of
exposing my genitals to children, leading to a traumatic series of events
involving handcuffs, a charge of sexual indecency and more than 24 hours in custody
at a Greek police station.
It has been an incredibly difficult past few weeks and to say that I’ve been shaken by this ordeal is a mild way to put it. There have been many different, sometimes false interpretations of what went on that fateful day, but here I am finally, presenting the truth.
boyfriend Solomon and I arrived in Athens, El. Venizelos International Airport
on 31st July at around 9.15pm after a 3-and-a-half hours’ flight
from London’s Luton Airport. We were tired from a full day at work but mostly
excited to explore the city we had been planning to visit for months.
Athens was where Solomon grew up and where most of his family still lives. They emigrated to Greece from Nigeria shortly after Solomon’s first birthday in search of a better life. Seeing his excitement when we arrived was an emotional moment for me.
It was obvious in his face as we sat on the x95 bus that he had a lot of fond memories growing up in Greece, and I was grateful to be sharing this special moment with him. Solomon had told me many stories about growing up in the birthplace of democracy. He told me that Athens was a city that truly expressed itself, which was evident by the endless number of graffiti engulfing the streets. I was truly excited to get to know this city more intimately.
was also meant to be extra special as it was when I would meet Solomon’s parents
for the first time. I am not going to lie, I was very nervous at first but they
welcomed me with open arms and Greek Hospitality which made me feel truly at
While we were planning the trip, we knew that visiting Athens’ iconic monuments were on the agenda. My trip was only for 3 days, so I prioritised seeing the Hellenic Parliament, the Acropolis and Plaka.
The Acropolis is an ancient fortress which
sits atop a rocky hill in Athens. In English, ”acro” means the highest point while “polis” means city. It’s a beautiful site which homes a number of historically significant
ancient Greek buildings and architecture.
I was so excited about visiting the site that I went to Boohooand got a long halter-neck white dress. The idea was to dress like a Greek Goddess. It was the perfect dress, especially for the sometimes unbearable Greek heat (think 40 degrees 104 Fahrenheit!).
We embarked on our sightseeing trip mid-afternoon on 1st of August the second day we arrived. We then made our way to the Acropolis after a fruitful visit to the parliament. At the Parliament, I was impressed by how they were able to sustain the heat in their uniform.
When we arrived at the Acropolis, we were advised not to walk to the top of the site as it was too hot, so we went to do some other sightseeing around the area. From the architecture to the natural landscapes and the company that I had, everything about Athens was lovely and inspiring.
At about 5.30pm, Solomon, his sister Rhoda and I headed over to the Acropolis. I had already seen lots of different pictures on social media and was excited about going over to see the historical site. I had learned that the Acropolis was built for the Goddess Athena, so I knew my outfit honoured that and was appropriate.
We headed straight to the top, taking pictures along the way. There were lots of laughs and even more photo-taking. We stood in front of the Parthenon, taking turns to take pictures. After Solomon posed for photos, it was my turn to pose for the camera. As I was posing, I felt my whole body being aggressively grabbed.
CHAOS AND CONFUSION
sure what was going on but tried my best to keep my cool while I was forcefully
escorted by a woman and 3 to 4 other guards with walkie-talkies. In my confusion, I asked for an explanation in English. Instead of
being answered, I was screamed at in Greek.
At this point, Solomon and Rhoda started speaking in Greek while I was still being escorted down the rocky and unbalanced terrain. I understood nothing and was confused but still didn’t think much of it.
I finally got to the bottom of the Acropolis and was shoved into a small room. I started to worry but wasn’t too panicked. It’s probably just a solvable misunderstanding, I thought. But when Rhoda burst into tears and said ”you’re a liar!” in English, I knew something was wrong.
explained to me that the guard said we were taking pornographic pictures and I
literally burst out laughing at the absurdity of his accusation. I’m free-spirited
and adventurous, sure. But Pornographic pictures? Umm, last time I checked,
nipples are still banned from Instagram and that’s where all my pictures end
I quickly noticed a police car but did not
believe that it would be for me. I was becoming restless and confused. Solomon
had already shown the pictures to the staff, which were clearly far from
pornographic, so I didn’t understand what else they wanted. Rhoda then explained that we should
wait for ”CCTV evidence” of me taking pornographic pictures, evidence the
guards said they had. I knew this wasn’t true and was
happy to run along with their lies.
After about 5 mins or so of waiting for the
purported proof, the guards asked for our IDs. As we did not have our passports
with us, the guards said they could not show us the footage.
The police were already walking towards us and I started to get scared. When the police came they continued communicating in Greek, so I left Solomon and Rhoda to deal with the police on my behalf. When I explained that I didn’t speak Greek, they told me in English that we had to give our phones and come to the police station to verify our identities and to search for the alleged ”pornographic pictures”. They said it will only take 5 minutes. I knew I had done nothing wrong, so I complied. I handed my phone to the police officers and was driven to the police station.
GREEK POLICE & CCTV
FOOTAGE THAT NEVER WAS
An hour passed at the police station and I
started to ask questions: When will we be
leaving?When can I get my phone
back? No one, not the eight officers surrounding us, answered my questions.
After asking them repeatedly, one officer
finally explained to me in English that a guard at the Acropolis had alleged
that I had flashed myself. The guard said that I had opened my legs wide to show
my genitals to the public. I rejected this accusation and insisted that this
was a lie, but the police officer said that the guard had CCTV evidence. I said
that if I was under arrest that I should have at least have my rights read out
to me, a lawyer and a translator. He assured me I wasn’t being arrested and
told me to continue to wait for my phone to be thoroughly checked.
While I was waiting to get my phone back, Solomon’s parents arrived at the police station and were shocked and perplexed by the accusations. After three hours of waiting, I finally got my phone back.
But that did not mean I was free. At this point, I saw the Acropolis guard – my accuser, Karkos Anastasious, walk into the station. He was there to make his police statement. I hoped and prayed that he told the truth, figured out it was a misunderstanding and apologised. But I was dead wrong.
After Karkos Anastasious left, Solomon, Rhoda and I were brought in by police officers into a room separately to verify our identities. Finally, this is almost over, I thought.
One by one, the police brought Solomon, Rhoda
and I for questioning. When it was my turn, I was asked in broken English to
show the pictures I took on my phone. I complied and even showed them the
Deleted Photos folder on my phone. I was then told to sit down and wait.
As I sat there, 4 or 5 officers began speaking to each other. I didn’t understand what they were saying but picked up on the word “Arrest”. 30 minutes in, I messaged Solomon.
Solomon looked upset and confused before he told me:
In a quiet tone Solomon said “Ade, they’re saying you have to stay in custody. The guard made a crazy accusation about you and they are arresting you and you have to go to court tomorrow.”
This was when I made the first tweet informing
the world of my arrest.
It would be a lie if I said I didn’t cry. I
cried so much that I became hysterical.
What do you mean I’m staying here? What did I do to deserve this? I didn’t flash myself, I promise you! I pleaded and begged. I didn’t understand why someone would make such a lie up!
I started to ask for the video evidence while sobbing and screaming. Solomon tried to calm me down, explaining to me that there was no evidence, and that, I can request for it when I’m at court and tell the judges what had really happened.
With tears in my eyes, I begged for a translator.
I did not believe what was going on nor what Solomon was telling me. I still
clung to the hope that perhaps, he had mistranslated but the officers simply
responded with a shrug, informing me that there is none. Some moments I thought
Solomon was lying and at other moments I genuinely believed the whole ordeal
was a nightmare. I could not fathom what was going on.
I tried contacting the British Embassy, but my phone wouldn’t make calls (I later found out that EE had turned off my outgoing calls in Europe).
I was in deep shock. ME, going to court? I had never been to court a day in my life and today I was going to stay in a cell and be heard in court in a foreign country. Solomon, who tirelessly continued to speak in Greek to the officers on my behalf, explained to me that as there weren’t enough beds and since I was crying and seemed shaken by the ordeal, the officers would allow me to stay at the police station while I was in custody. Solomon asked to stay with me, and he was allowed to. I didn’t feel like it was his role but as I didn’t know what I was being accused of I asked Solomon if he would translate the statement made by my accuser, Karkos Anastasious.
In his statement, he said that he had walked
over to me, asking me to leave. He said that instead of leaving the premises, I
lifted my dress and flashed my genitals to adults not once, but twice. Of
course, I had done no such thing.
Solomon and I sat in the station from 6 pm on 1st August till 10 am the next day. In that time, I slept for less than an hour without any food.
The conditions at the police station where I was detained was disgusting. The toilet had no light, no tissue and was filthy. At one point, Solomon offered to accompany me to the toilet with his phone flashlight so I could see, but he was immediately instructed by officers not to. As I couldn’t use the toilet without any tissue anyway, I held it in.
At 10 pm, Solomon left me to get some food and tissue paper. I was crying a lot despite his best attempts to calm me down and make the hellish affair as comfortable as possible. He even pushed some chairs together so we could lie down and get some rest.
But I wasn’t able to calm down. I had so many questions, but no one to answer them. I was glad that I still had my phone, which I used to communicate with friends and family about what was going on. In the time we were held at the police station, several different police officers entered the office, smoking with different girls. It didn’t look like they were working, but I decided to stay as quiet and inoffensive as possible and try to get some rest.
Being a black female travel blogger, I decided that sharing this was important for people to understand what it’s can be like while travelling black. I prayed and prayed that whatever this was, I would wake up from this nightmare. I could not understand why someone would make such a disgusting lie about another person. I could not come up with any reason except for that I was being targeted as a black woman.
I was told that I would be taken to court at 8 am the next day, but at 8.30 am my fingerprints were taken by a police officer, which required black-ink all over my hands. Solomon then told me that he wasn’t allowed to go with me to court and that he would have to leave soon. This brought me to tears, so he decided to stay a little longer.
broke the news to me that I would need to be put in handcuffs while being
transported to court. I began to cry again.
9.30am came by, more than an hour after I was meant to be in court. When it was time for Solomon to leave I kept a brave face on as crying would only oblige him to stay. At approximately 10 am, the British Embassy called me explaining that I needed to call a lawyer from a list they had sent me via email and that my boyfriend needed to bring me my passport.
All the calls I made to the listed lawyers either didn’t get through or it was to a lawyer that didn’t deal with criminal law. At this point, I felt so alone and in an utter state of panic.
Moments later, a man came into the office,
speaking Greek. One of the officers prompted me to follow him. To my surprise, I wasn’t put in
handcuffs, which calmed me down a bit. I followed the officer to a small car
where two men were cuffed together in the back seat of the vehicle, prompting a
fresh bout of tears to spring from my eyes.
prisoner who sat in the middle of the back seat tapped my knee in an attempt to
provide some comfort, which I appreciated. I continued to
beg God to get me out of this in one piece.
I was taken to what I believed to be some sort of prison, and we were all put into one room. The room had my stomach-churning. The room was a yellow-painted wall with stains all over it and smelled revolting. The benches we had to sit on were shabby with stains on them. I had never seen anything like this before.
around 50 to 60 other alleged criminals in the room, with many of them smoking
and speaking on their mobiles. Less than five of us were women and two young
girls were handcuffed together. I sat next to the young
girls while a man stared, licking his lips. I felt extremely uncomfortable and
did my best to cover myself with my bag.
There was a group of men who walked in with no shoes on and with bruised arms and legs, which scared me even more. Every time I started crying, the other prisoners continued to encourage me to be calm with a thumbs up. I was there for nearly 3 hours while we were called upon one at a time to take our pictures and fingerprints. I was also increasingly desperate for the toilet but refused to go as there was no light, and the smell was nauseating. Although I had a watch on, I stopped keeping track of the time as it was only making me more anxious. I was supposed to be at the beach and I was meant to be going home the next day. Instead, I was sat in a cell for something I didn’t do.
Eventually, I was put in handcuffs. I wasn’t
cuffed to another person. Thank God, I
thought. At this point, I was trying to count the small blessings in such a
horrid situation. There was only one great thing about that cell and that was
leaving for my next hurdle.
ACQUITTED IN ATHENS
On my way to court, I was asked by another
prisoner if I was ok. I nodded with the hope not to have to speak to anyone for
fear of trouble. I stayed quiet, I wanted out of this situation, and the only
way to get out of there was for me to keep silent and keep out of trouble.
When I arrived at the court, Solomon was
already there calling out positive affirmations to me through the window of the
coach I was sitting in. “We are going home today, baby!,” he shouted.
I burst into tears, fighting it was no use. He
had also come with his family. Getting off the coach in handcuffs and having his family see me in cuffs
was such a shameful experience: Within 24 hours of meeting my partner’s parents,
they were seeing me in handcuffs. I wanted the ground to
swallow me up whole and make me disappear.
Solomon and his family followed me into an
area where all prisoners were being kept. He wasn’t allowed to come and talk to
me but called my name to wave at me and tell me that he had found me a
translator. I lifted my
cuffed hands to wave back. I was so worried because I hadn’t been able to get a
lawyer. My friend Debbie had been messaging me about one, but my battery was
weak. I finally spoke to my translator that told me that I
had to remain patient.
Another hour or two had passed when all
prisoners were led to a courtroom. My boyfriend and his family stood outside right behind me with words of
encouragement and supportive smiles. I felt reassured to
have his family behind me as well as the love and support I received.
One by one, a prisoner was led out of the
courtroom. I didn’t
know where they were going, but the room slowly emptied. After
an hour or so, all of the last few prisoners, including myself, were instructed
into another room. I saw 3 judges sat at the far end of the court in front of
us. One by one, a prisoner was called to stand in front of the judges.
name was called to stand in front of the judges, I gulped and took a deep
breath: my legs were shaken, and my belly was turning. I
stood up in front of the judges, to tell the truth. My translator asked me a
few questions like where I lived and what I did for a living. I explained this
in detail. I was asked how do I plead to the charges. Athough, Solomon had
already explained to me what I was being charged for I still wanted to confirm
with the translators who tried to explain them to me. I denied all charges and
requested for video evidence to be shown where I was doing this and for the
guard that made the false allegation. He was called on twice but didn’t come to
the stand. I then explained that I would never intentionally come to a country
and disrespect it. I was only trying to honour the Greek Goddess with my
outfit. I told the judges that I had witnesses with me here today that can
testify against what the guard said.
At this point, the translator asked me to hold on as he said I didn’t need to explain myself further. I WAS ACQUITTED! I didn’t even hear what had been said. Time had frozen for me. The translator explained again that I was free to go. I was in a standstill for a split second, and I looked up and burst into tears. My God had seen me through. I was proven innocent and free to go. I was innocent! I am innocent!
this to you was raw for me, and involved many rounds of fresh tears and crying.
In some ways, it has let me realise some pain I am still
holding on too.
I stand by my belief that I have experienced racism, and I now want to use my platform to help other people that have experienced discrimination while travelling to share their story. I was targeted as a black woman and I am sure I am not and will not be the first person to be targeted this way. There are many others, not just in Greece and other countries that have been targeted while travelling.
I have to say how eternally grateful for those who have supported me. Honestly, thank you. I am in absolute awe. You showed me what a great community we are in. I have many specific people to be thankful for mainly: Nomadness, Eulanda and Omo, Ardil (for legal advice), Marty and Debbie, my sister Renee and my family (who called the British Embassy for me). There are many others who have lent me their helping hand and honestly can’t thank them all enough. The support I received was truly overwhelming.
To those that were against me, I hope you have
taken the time to read on what really happened and judge for yourself from a
fair and objective manner. Either way, thank you for reading to the end – you
now know the full truth.
Please note: I know my story has been shared on several platforms including, The Sun, The Daily Mail, Fox News, The Mirror, Open TV and many more. I want to discredit anyone who believes I was paid for my story. I do not intend to be paid for this tragedy. My only intention is to tell the story as transparent as possible.