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UK ‘japa’: Knocks for Emdee Tiamiyu and other ‘innit’ vloggers

Emdee Tiamiyu

This will be straight; yes, it has to be. All over the Nigerian internet space, ask for public enemy number 1 and the name Emdee Tiamiyu springs up. If you haven’t been following the news lately, you have come to the right place.

Now ordinarily, aside from ‘Emdee’ not being a popular Nigerian name, I guess it must be some moniker from his initial; the former policeman/security guard [according to viral photos] may never have been known beyond his family, workplace and immediate environment. However, he has now become one of the trending names in Nigeria for days now. It would be no shock if he ends up being the most searched item on Google for the month.

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Emdee Tiamiyu did not win an AMVCA, nor did he just break a Guinness World Record like now-celeb chef Hilda Baci; he dragged his fellow Nigerians like Tiger generator on a foreign television service, BBC.

Let’s set it straight, Emdee Tiamiyu did not say or reveal anything the British government had not known; it was the rubber stamp he slammed on the damning policy that infuriated many Nigerians. His action via his expose enraged many, and rightfully so. With a sheepish smile like a cow being shipped abroad to be made into corned beef, Emdee Tiamiyu told the world via the BBC that Nigerians are fraudsters and cut corners to migrate to the United Kingdom.

“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,” he said on British national television.

He even suggested that many Nigerians, who he already painted as desperate people, forge marriage certificates and fake family ties all to get into heaven – the UK. And to add insult to injury, he has insisted he meant all he said in the interview.

“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 do 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 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,” he said.

Recall that the UK government had raised the alarm of ballooning figures of immigrants through the student-dependent route to which Nigeria was said to be the third highest country with dependants in the country. So, it is certain Emdee Tiamiyu’s interview did not bring about the policy. It had been in the pipeline before or since Rishi Sunak took over as the UK PM. Now, Nigerians are among other nationals who would be ineligible to bring in family as masters students from January 2024.

Emdee Tiamiyu was just a tool to convince some disgruntled persons that the government was working in their interests after all.

It is unfortunate that Emdee Tiamiyu earned himself a chair in the centre of the controversy when other Nigerians residing in the UK had for a long time demarketed Nigerians and exposed the real hunger for UK education, at least for most people, was an escape route from Nigeria. Hardly a day passes without getting ‘updates’ from our fellows in the UK. From ‘what to do to move to UK via study route’ to ‘what not to do when you arrive the UK’ to ‘grab this UK opportunity before the door closes’ and many other videos all over the internet, Nigerians exposed themselves for what they needed the highly-priced UK education for.

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News of some persons selling their landed properties and moving a family of seven was all over the internet, and unless the UK government is deaf and blind, it must have gathered information on why many Nigerians are desirous of studying in their country or any country abroad for that matter. It was as bad as some students lamented over various harsh conditions in the UK and claimed to only remain in the country due to the bad situation back home in Nigeria.

Now the chickens have come home to roost!

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Ademola is a writer, editor and proofreader with many years of experience. He loves music, football and books.
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