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Dipo Awojide deletes tweet criticising IELTS test after ICIR report

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A TWITTER influencer Dipo Awojide has deleted his tweet criticising the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which examines the English proficiency of Nigerian students planning to study abroad.

Awojide, before he became an IELTS ambassador, had written on May 5, 2020 at 8.24 a.m. via his Twitter handle Dr Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) : 

“Just like Jamb, I still don’t understand why people have to pay N75k for International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the result expires in 2 years. That’s a lot of money. They make billions of Naira in profit from Nigeria. Reduce the fare by half or even 30%.” 


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A search on his Twitter account on January 17, 2022 showed the above tweet had been deleted.

But The ICIR had screenshot the post before he deleted it.

This is coming a few days after the newspaper published a report on the UK money-spinning venture that has been  ripping off Nigerian visa applicants over the years.

Dipo Awojide, a senior lecturer in Strategy at Nottingham Trent University; Fola Aina, a development policy expert; and Omotoye, the co-founder of Humansquad, a Canada-based immigration tech startup, were all mentioned in the report as ambassadors of IELTS helping to urge Nigerians to take the IELTS test.

Brands and advertisers are attracted to influencers with high follower counts, especially on Twitter, because the more people influencers reach, the more money they make.

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The report stated that while Awojide and Omotoye had their contracts renewed from last year, Aina is a new entrant into the image-making enterprise of IELTS in Nigeria. 

Their job description is to convince Nigerians seeking admission into universities or visa for jobs in European countries to take the IELTS tests and proffer strategies that project the brand in Nigeria.

While the brand ambassadors are paid to look at the positives of the IELTS, young Nigerians bear the brunt of its exorbitant charges.

In 2018, a pan-African media organisation, This Is Africa (TIA), started a petition to exempt citizens of African Commonwealth countries from English proficiency tests, and 99,514 people had signed the petition as of January 13.

Deletion of the  tweet may not be unconnected with The ICIR report on IELTS that is currently generating comments on social media.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Nigerian should wake up to the fact that British will always find ways of ripping African students off by devising one requirement or another. The fact is most Nigerians speak better English than the English themselves. The English language taught outside of Britain is what they called “Queen’s English” . This is not everybody and every days English used in Britain itself. British have local regional dialects e.g. Cockney in London region, Scouse in Liverpool regions, Mancunian in Manchester region, Scotland and Wales also have their own regional dialects. If Students from these British regions are not required to take such tests to prove their proficiency in English language then I suggest the only reason is to extol money and use Foreign Students as “Cash Cows”. All these countries who are being milked for speaking English language by British should adopt their local languages to do business with British companies so they too should learn to speak other people’s languages . British themselves are very poor in learning other peoples language, let alone studying and passing exams with it. I am a supporter of Africa adopting Swahili as the language of instruction in Africa. Stop being taken advantage off wake up and stop being slaves and Cash Cow for Britain because of English language. Some countries are adopting their local language to do business with Britain if Britain want to do business with them they pay for interpreters. British thinks everybody on earth should speak English so they can feel superior to everyone.

  2. The IELTS isn’t a true test of English proficiency if one spends time preparing for it and afterwards continues with the previous level.

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