On May 23, 2023, Tiamiyu was interviewed by BBC News about the recent decision by the UK government to restrict student visas to Nigeria. During the interview, Tiamiyu made a number of controversial statements, including that many Nigerian students who study in the UK are not interested in getting a degree, but are instead using the UK as a stepping stone to migrate to other countries.
Tiamiyu’s comments were met with widespread backlash on social media, with many Nigerians accusing him of being insensitive and of perpetuating negative stereotypes about Nigerian students.
Tiamiyu later apologized for his comments, saying that he did not mean to offend anyone. However, the deed has already been done.
The controversy has also raised questions about the role of social media influencers in shaping public opinion. Tiamiyu is a popular YouTuber with 16.7K subscribers, and his comments about Nigerian students were seen by a large audience. This incident shows how social media influencers can have a significant impact on public discourse, and it is important to be aware of the power that they wield.
In the wake of the controversy, Tiamiyu remains to be seen whether he will be able to regain the trust of his audience, but the controversy has certainly been a wake-up call for him.
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