In the last 48 hours, the name Emdee Tiamiyu has probably been the most searched word by Nigerians on the internet after a “now-trending” news feature aired by the BBC news crew that unfortunately suggested Emdee’s statement influenced a ban policy from the UK. How true?
With a lot of misinformation flying around and about, especially from bloggers and netizens, TechParley, in this post, profiles the personality behind the name Emdee Tiamiyu.
The UK-based author, ICT expert and community development advocate, whose fullname is Mubarak Damilare Tiamiyu, is a Nigerian YouTuber who —before the BBC News feature— is celebrated as a selfless community development specialist empowering youngsters through Career Coaching, Nation Building, and Public Speaking.
About Emdee Tiamiyu (Mubarak Tiamiyu)
With a passion for personal and professional development, Emdee —a nickname coined from the abbreviation of his first name (Mubarak M as in Em) and middle name (Damilare D as in Dee) grew up in Ibadan and attended Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso where he finished from the Computer Science and Engineering department with flying colours.
He went on to observe his NYSC in Lagos State, and started his career with the NYSC as a staff officer —making a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals through his various initiatives and platforms. During this period, Emdee authored the bestselling career development book: Act Like a Corper, Think Like a Gold forwarded by Brig-Gen J. B. Olawumi (the then Director General, National Youth Service Corps.
The book, according to leading reviewers and career coaches, gives the world a snick peek into the young man’s commitment to empowering others and fostering positive change which, according to them, has earned him recognition and acclaim both locally and internationally.
The NYSC App
During his employment under the NYSC, he worked at the NYSC Headquarters in Abuja as a Software Engineer and helped build NYSC’s first & official Mobile Application, serving over 65,000 youth Corps Members across the country.
In addition, Emdee led the design and implemented NYSC’s Social Media Strategy across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Emdee Taimiyu’s journey in career coaching began with a deep desire to help individuals maximize their potential and find fulfillment in their professional lives. With his extensive knowledge and experience in career development, he founded a career coaching network that rode on his most popular quote and hashtag: #YouHaveArightToBeMotivated —#YHARTBM.
Through the #YHARTBM network, Emdee offers personalized guidance, mentorship, and resources to job seekers, professionals, and entrepreneurs.
Emdee’s approach focuses on aligning personal values, interests, and skills with career choices, enabling his longlist of mentees to make informed decisions and achieve their goals within set timeframes.
Recognizing the importance of nation building, Emdee Taimiyu actively engages in initiatives aimed at promoting unity, progress, and social development. He has been involved in numerous community projects, volunteering his time and expertise to address societal challenges. This earned him a membership and stakeholder-status within numerous international organizations including Global Shapers Community, Toastmasters, Mandela-Washington Fellowship, Tedx, to mention a few.
Even after relocating to the UK over 2 years ago, Emdee continues to be a strong advocate for education, entrepreneurship, and youth empowerment, believing that these pillars are essential for building a prosperous nation.
He has collaborated with organizations and government bodies to design and implement programs that promote education, skill acquisition, and economic empowerment among marginalized communities —a point of attraction by the BBC crew to what now seems to have ended as a disastrous May 2023 news feature.
Toastmasters and TEDxIsaleGeneral:
Emdee Taimiyu’s exceptional public speaking skills and ability to inspire and motivate others have earned him recognition in the Toastmasters community. Toastmasters International is a platform dedicated to enhancing communication and leadership skills, and Emdee has actively participated in various club events, contests, and workshops.
Through his eloquence, leadership skills and compelling storytelling ability, he has captivated audiences, leaving a lasting impact on those who have had the privilege to hear him speak. In Kano, during his years working in the Northern region of Nigeria, he served as President of the Toastmasters Club, a position he left with loads impacts and positive reviews from admirers and the general public.
In addition to Toastmasters, Emdee has also been invited to speak at Tedx events in Nigeria. Beyond speaking, he curated TEDxIsaleGeneral in 2016 and 2017 and hosted some of the big industry players in Nigeria including AriseTV anchor: Rufai Oseni. As a speaker, his thought-provoking talks have covered a wide range of topics, including personal growth, resilience, and the power of purpose. Emdee’s ability to connect with diverse audiences and convey powerful messages has made him a sought-after speaker in both national and international events.
The Emdee Tiamiyu Journey
Emdee Taimiyu’s journey as a career coach, nation builder, and public speaker exemplifies his relentless pursuit of empowering lives and creating a better society.
Through his initiatives, mentorship, and inspiring speeches, he continues to uplift individuals, encourage personal growth, and contribute to the progress of his nation.
Emdee’s unwavering commitment to making a difference has established him as a leading figure in the realms of career coaching, nation building, and public speaking.
Emdee Taimiyu was born and raised in a close-knit community, where he developed from childhood a strong sense of responsibility and a desire to create positive change. In one of his talks, he noted that since his university days, he has been on a mission to impact 1 billion people leveraging technology.
Career Coaching and Entrepreneurship:
After completing his education, Emdee Taimiyu embarked on a career coaching journey that would shape the lives of many.
Emdee’s coaching philosophy emphasizes the importance of self-discovery, personal branding, and networking. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, workshops, and online resources, he equips his mentees with the necessary tools and knowledge to navigate the ever-changing job market, improve their interview skills, and develop effective career strategies.
Emdee’s impact is evident through the success stories of individuals who have achieved their professional goals under his guidance.
Nation Building and Social Initiatives:
Driven by a deep-rooted desire to contribute to his nation’s development, Emdee Taimiyu actively engages in social initiatives aimed at addressing pressing issues in his community.
He believes that true nation building requires active participation and a collaborative approach.
Emdee has partnered with various non-profit organizations, government agencies, and local communities to implement sustainable projects in areas such as education, healthcare, career development, and environmental conservation.
The BBC saga and the Apology that followed
While the atmosphere may still be tense, find below a short video clip of his apology for more context.