Emdee Tiamiyu is currently public enemy number 1 to Nigerians at home and abroad following his BBC “exposee” interview on his fellow country men.
Approached by the BBC team for an interview on an insight into revelations that a fifth of international students visa was issued to Nigerian, Emdee told the news giant that “so the student thing, its not like they need a degree, they need the degree as an access route to come into the UK.
“So a lot of these people their priorities shifted real fast. Its not really about the education”
Mr Tiamiyu himself came to the UK as a dependent in September 2022 and have a YouTube channel where he advises his fellow on how to “japa” and the best places to go for example the United Kingdom.
Japa is a Yoruba language term meaning “run” or “escape”. It became an iconic word in Nigeria as many fled the country following student and dependent visa opportunities.
A total of 120,000 Nigerians – the most for any foreign students national – are said to have entered the UK last year, with almost half of them being dependents.
As a result, Home Office’s Suella Braverman announced plans to stop international students from bringing in dependents, to come into force from January 2024.
Watch the full video of Emdee Tiamiyu exposing Nigerians to the BBC News.
Emdee Tiamiyu from Osun State has sold out his country for 3 minutes of clout. pic.twitter.com/ijQ9mFglJd— Dr Penking™🇳🇬🇦🇺 (@drpenking) May 23, 2023