JAPA: Youtuber, Emdee Tiamiyu under fire from Nigerians over BBC interview

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Nigerian Youtuber Emdee Tiamiyu recently shed light on the phenomenon of Nigerians migrating to the United Kingdom in search of a new life abroad. In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Tiamiyu revealed that many Nigerian students who apply for admissions to UK schools are not necessarily motivated by the pursuit of new qualifications, but rather by the desire to start afresh in a different country.

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However, following the viral spread of his interview video with the BBC, Tiamiyu took the opportunity to clarify his stance in a conversation with media personality Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, on Tuesday night. He expressed that he may need to strike a balance between being authentic and being diplomatic in his discussions.

During the widely circulated video interview, Tiamiyu highlighted that a significant portion of Nigerian applicants seeking education in the United Kingdom view it as an alternate path to escape their home country.

This revelation sparked criticism and prompted Tiamiyu to address the backlash he received.

Referring to his BBC interview, Tiamiyu recounted, “The BBC man asked me yesterday, ‘If it is part-time for you, what if you do it full time?’ and I am like, I am not ready for full time.” He further added, “There is a future. I know that there are still many opportunities to do more great things. And I don’t know, I would have to find a balance between being real and being diplomatic because if you want to be real, you will offend people.”

Tiamiyu’s observations shed light on the motivations behind the increasing number of Nigerians seeking educational opportunities in the UK, with many perceiving it as a chance for a fresh start.

The Youtuber’s comments have ignited discussions about the underlying reasons for such migrations and the challenges faced by individuals seeking new paths in life.

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