Upgrade to 7.58: Database UTF-8 issues

Hi there, 

I upgraded to latest 7.58 and followed database Multi-byte UTF-8 support in Drupal 7. Finished all the steps without issue or error messages, yet when I open Drupal configuraion page I am getting. 

“Please convert all database tables to utf8mb4 prior to enabling it in settings.php … ” 

… which is funny because i just did. 

—–

[mysqld]
datadir=/var/lib/mysql
socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock
character-set-server=utf8mb4
collation-server=utf8mb4_general_ci
max_allowed_packet = 256M

innodb_large_prefix=true
innodb_file_format=barracuda
innodb_file_per_table=true

# Disabling symbolic-links is recommended to prevent assorted security risks
symbolic-links=0
# Settings user and group are ignored when systemd is used.
# If you need to run mysqld under a different user or group,
# customize your systemd unit file for mariadb according to the
# instructions in http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Systemd

[mysqld_safe]
log-error=/var/log/mariadb/mariadb.log
pid-file=/var/run/mariadb/mariadb.pid

#
# include all files from the config directory
#
!includedir /etc/my.cnf.d

—-

settings.php

$databases[‘default’][‘default’] = array(
        ‘driver’ => ‘mysql’,
        ‘database’ => ‘sanatized’,
        ‘username’ => ‘sanatized’,
        ‘password’ => ‘sanatized’,
        ‘host’ => ‘localhost’,
        ‘charset’ => ‘utf8mb4’,
        ‘collation’ => ‘utf8mb4_general_ci’,

);

DB charcter set 

MariaDB [(none)]> SELECT default_character_set_name FROM information_schema.SCHEMATA WHERE schema_name = “sanatized”;
+—————————-+
| default_character_set_name |
+—————————-+
| utf8mb4                    |
+—————————-+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)
 

Here’s my environment 

CentOS Linux release 7.4.1708 (Core) (stand alone host)

Drupal: 7.58

PHP: 5.4.16

MariaDB: 5.5.56-MariaDB

Web Server: Apache/2.4.6 (CentOS) OpenSSL/1.0.2k-fips PHP/5.4.16

What exactly I am missing here? 

Drupal version: 


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