The story of a Nigerian man, who said he wrote the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam five times before relocating to Canada, has gotten many talking on Twitter.


IELTS is an international standardised test of English language proficiency for non-native English speakers that is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English.

The test, which is usually conducted multiple times in a year, is regarded as the only secure English Language test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa customers applying both from outside and inside the UK.

On December 30, Muyiwa took to his Twitter page to bid Nigerians goodbye, saying he has successfully emigrated to Canada.



“Nigeria, the evil you have done is enough. Three years journey finally paid off after writing IELTS exams five times,” he captioned a photo of himself in the snow, dressed in multiple layers of fabric.

“You’re under 30, have MSc or two degrees, and some funds for WES and IELTS. Please don’t sleep on the Express Entry program, Canada needs you!”

His Twitter thread however started to generate a flurry of mixed reactions among Nigerians on January 3, some of whom decried the rate at which skilled youth leave the country in a mass exodus amid their quest for education and greener pastures.

While a segment of users commended his determination others had something different to say. Some users also shared their own stories.


“Lots of people would have given up after writing IELTS thrice not to talk of writing it 5 times. If anything, that guy’s determination should be applauded,” a user wrote.

In contraction, Frank Edoho, a TV broadcaster, added: “Anybody that had to take the IELTS five times before passing it, is a person who stares at failure undaunted, and grabs success at the scruff of the neck until it yields.

He went ahead to defend Muyiwa, writing: “He’s not slow, he just won’t take no for an answer and that’s heroism!”

Omojuwa, however, said: “By the way, you can write IELTS 5 times and pass all 5 times. You don’t necessarily have to fail IELTS to write it again.”


Below are tweets showing other reactions.

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