This thread is resolved. Here is a description of the problem and solution.
Solution:Within your database, there are a lot of tables also set to 'utf8_unicode_ci' which is what I believe is causing this issue.
The user was able to resolve the issue by doing the following:
Exported the DB. Changed ALL occurrences of utf8 to utf8mb4. (that step was tricky) Imported the DB. Could enable the plugin without issue.
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