by Deborah Osagiede

A Nigerian man who is a youtuber of the name Emdee Tiamiyu, based in the UK was interviewed by British Broadcasting Corporation interview where he claimed that Nigerians do not go to the UK because they need the degree. He said, “The student route is more like an answered prayer. It is a big bracket that’s able to take a lot of people, the ordinary people. We’re beginning to see that a lot of people just hide behind the studentship. So the student thing is not real, it’s not like they need the degrees,” 

This has sent many Nigerians over the edge and they have denied what Emdee Tiamiyu has said and for the avoidance of doubt, bbc interviewee has spoken strictly for himself and not for nigerians.

Find Nigerians comments below:

“Over the years, Nigerians have demonstrated a high level of intelligence and passion for education. This you can attest to by the number of Nigerians that are awarded the yearly Chevening and commonwealth scholarships by the UK government. All of these awardees successfully completed their programs and are doing excellently well in different parts of the world. Even those who have gone to study in the UK without any form of scholarship, have painstakingly done so because they believe in the high standards of British education.. The young man who appeared in your interview is most likely out appeared in your interview is most likely out of touch with reality or got into the UK through a dubious process or he is probably not a Nigerian. Please disregard his incoherent and despicable allegations.’’- Francis Ebuara

“I really wished your explanation mattered. Truth is the British media knew everything he said in that video and more. However, I don’t know if it is a rule or something, they will always shop for a fellow Nigerians “opinion” to apply the hammer on another Nigerian or execute what they have always planned. It happens in our offices everyday if we are being sincere. Sadly some nigerians get carried away whenever they are having these kinds of potentially tricky conversations/discussions (whenever in private or public) with oyibo, forgetting that they (nigerians) are always being profiled and their responses have far reaching effect of being used to make generalizations against all nigerians. Is this a fair process, no! Will it continue? Damn yes, because it has been for several years now and it is how the British operate. Call it plausible deniability or indirect “wha-eva”, it doesn’t matter. Don’t be surprised, that video will form an integral part of the next political campaign and false premise for their new stringent immigration laws against NIGERIANS while at the same time giving a free pass to INDIANS, UKRAINIANS etc.”-Ollawaski

“Emdee Tiamiyu is a mindless clown. Nigerians are already being stigmatized, our country has a negative image but instead of correcting the wrong perceptions he deliberately threw Nigerians under the bus for views and cheap clout. Ignorance is a disease. Hope karma visits him soon”- Daniel Regha

“Emdee Tiamiyu himself migrated to UK as a dependent but has now cut the ladder behind him by granting a completely unnecessary interview for 3 minutes of cheap fame on television”- Dr Penking

In Emdee Tiamiyu’s defense, he hosted a Twitter Space on Tuesday where he explained that he was not out to seek popularity with the interview. He said, “I am grateful for being one of the leading voices. I may not be popular. I am not even looking for popularity as long as I have an impact. We have changed lives. God help us with information. Maybe we have a space for that. “If you have not been on my page before and now you want to shine, are you serious? If you want to shine, ask the BBC to interview you too. I mean every word that I say. I talk real, I am very very real. DJ Real is learning from me. I am very humane and personable.

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