Lautech: Reactions over Emdee Tiamiyu comment on BBC interview
Nigerians have expressed their diverse opinions on Emdee Tiamiyu, a content creator based in the United Kingdom, following his interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on why immigrants apply for student visas.
During the interview, Tiamiyu disclosed that most immigrants from Nigeria are not seeking education in the UK, but rather see student visas as routes to gain access into the country. He also claimed that many students experience financial difficulties and resort to illegal activities in the UK to make ends meet.
Following the interview, the UK government imposed restrictions on student visa routes aimed at reducing net migration. The policy banned student immigrants from Nigeria and other countries from bringing family members, except for postgraduate research routes. This decision has generated mixed reactions from Nigerian and immigrant students in the UK, as well as Nigerians around the world.
While some Nigerians have criticized Tiamiyu for painting a negative image of Nigerian students in the UK, others have defended him as being truthful and honest about the situation. One commenter remarked, “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. I hope karma visits him soon.”
Others have pointed out that Tiamiyu’s video will not have a significant impact on Nigerians seeking education in the UK and that the UK government had already made the decision to impose restrictions on student visas. In the words of another commenter, “The BBC needed Emdee Tiamiyu to provide content to support a certain narrative that would be ‘sold’ to the British public. Nothing he said is new to the Home Office. No one in Nigeria should be worried about how this will affect them. It won’t affect you. They needed this narrative for the British public. Period!”
Furthermore, some Nigerian students in the UK have highlighted their academic achievements and contributions to research, while pointing out that Tiamiyu’s interview only portrays a negative view of a small portion of Nigerian students. One comment reads, “Nigerian students in the UK are award-winning high flyers, making distinction grades, creating value, and involving in developmental research. Emdee Tiamiyu painted a picture of only the negative one percent. Many of us have put Nigeria on the map in our various institutions and we will continue.”
In summary, Emdee Tiamiyu’s interview with the BBC has sparked debate and discussion among Nigerians and immigrant students in the UK. While some have criticized his portrayal of Nigerian students, others have defended him, stating that he is only highlighting the truth about the situation. Regardless, the UK government’s decision to impose restrictions on student visas will significantly impact students from Nigeria and other countries seeking education in the UK.
Apparently, the Tiamiyu guy has always being controversial from his LAUTECH days & he enjoys it.
Interesting 😏 pic.twitter.com/y6oNwaXDsX
— DON “Tobechukwu” Ade (@RowlyDaDon) May 24, 2023