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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by 12345baba(m): 10:03am On Jun 27
She should come and add to 250 millions of us, she's welcome, destiny is calling and waiting.
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by oluwasegun007(m): 10:03am On Jun 27
Y na..
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by NnamdiN: 10:03am On Jun 27
Truthwords:
Welcome home. I laugh at Nigerians in diaspora, you guys will never be seen as one of them.
will they be seen as one of "us" here?

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by LisaAnne(f): 10:03am On Jun 27
gentlemayor:
Musician born in UK given 14 days to leave the country

Bumi Thomas has been told she is illegal despite being born in Glasgow and spending most of her life in the UK

A musician born in the UK faces being kicked out of her home because of a little-known change to Home Office legislation.

Bumi Thomas was given 14 days to leave after being told she is illegal despite living here most of her life. The rising jazz star grew up thinking she was British, attended university in the UK and has legally worked and paid taxes since graduation.

However because her parents are Nigerian, she now faces deportation and being separated from her family and friends. The situation bears a chilling resemblance to the Windrush scandal, which saw many people deported in error after decades of life in the UK.

Ms Thomas was born in Glasgow in June 1983 to parents who came over from Africa in the early 1970s. In January 1983, Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government changed the British Nationality Act that removed the automatic right of citizenship for children of parents from former colonies.

The singer’s parents should have registered her but were unaware they needed to do so. In a twist of irony, Ms Thomas’ elder sister Kemi was born one year before the Act and has always had legal status.

The musician, 36, believes she is a victim of an increasingly hostile attitude by the Home Office to migrants in the UK. She told the Mail on Sunday: ‘My parents came here at the end of the Windrush era. ‘I had a National Insurance number, I had my birth certificate, I’d got a driving licence, a bank account, I went to college.

‘At no point during that process was there any indication I was doing anything incorrectly.’ Speaking to Metro.co.uk, she continued: ‘I have never had any question in my mind that I’m British and Scottish. ‘And that’s something I’m proud of. But according to a piece of paper, suddenly what I think about myself isn’t valid. It’s an illusion.’

At the age of three-and-a-half, Ms Thomas and her family returned to Nigeria. She came back to the UK as a teenager, thinking she automatically had dual British-Nigerian nationality.

After graduating with a degree in fine arts from Bath Spa University she began to work and moved to London, where she now lives with her sister.

It was only at the age of 25 when she went to apply for her UK passport that she was told she was never registered as British. The Home Office was told she had technically overstayed in an illegal capacity.

Ms Thomas said her case was classed as ‘complex’ and she was told to use human rights legislation rather than immigration laws to fight it. That marked the start of an ‘exhausting and expensive’ decade-long legal battle.

Two weeks ago she received a letter from the Home Office saying her application for permanent residency had been unsuccessful. She was given 14 days to appeal or face detention without notice.

Ms Thomas has since lodged an appeal and is awaiting a court hearing. The musician, who has performed at the Royal Festival Hall and London Palladium, continued: ‘My parents had no idea of the law change.

‘This was in an analogue age, where correspondence was written and there was no social media.’ She added: ‘When I was told I wasn’t British, I was shocked and devastated.

My soul and my spirit were screaming. ‘Nigeria is foreign to me and I am a foreigner there. I’ve been in the UK for 18 years.’ Ms Thomas’ grandfather came to the UK to study medicine and she said her parents were also given a warm welcome as part of the Windrush generation – when people from former colonies came to the UK to rebuild the country after the Second World War.

She said their treatment was in stark contrast to the way the Home Office was now treating her and thousands of others who ‘fall through the cracks of the system.’ She added: ‘There is a stigma attached to being an immigrant these days.

‘At no point did I ever think I was doing anything wrong. ‘When my parents came over they were welcomed but now it is different. There are people who have lived in the UK for 30/40/50 years facing hostility.’

Ms Thomas continued: ‘The Home Office right now has a hostile environment policy, a set of administrative and legislative measures that are designed to make staying in the UK as difficult as possible for people like me.’

The musician should be making her US debut at the Ford Theatre in Los Angeles in October but the immigration issues mean that is now in doubt. She has launched a gofundme page to help towards legal costs, which are already at £7,000 and rising.

Ms Thomas’s lawyer, Fahad Ahmed, said she missed out on automatic citizenship by a matter of months and added: ‘Courts take a less harsh view than the Home Office, and if someone can prove their life is here, the courts will use their discretion.’

The British Nationality Act 1948 gave citizens of British colonies the right to settle in the UK. Since they had the legal right to come to the UK, they never needed nor were given any documents upon entry. In what later became known as the Windrush scandal, many were wrongly detained, denied legal rights or deported in administrative blunders.

The Home Office is set to pay up to £200 million in compensation to people whose lives were damaged by their mistaken classification as illegal immigrants. The Home Office has been contacted by Metro.co.uk about Ms Thomas’ case.

Source: https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/26/musician-born-uk-given-14-days-leave-country-10074909/?ito=cbshare

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Bruno3000(m): 10:04am On Jun 27
Freestainworld:
don't mind them, come back home and grow your musical career, you go hammer here.
Bros naija people don't listen to jazz music. ASA had to flee this con3 in order to hammer.

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by numen(m): 10:04am On Jun 27
MrBrownJay1:
as sad as it may be, just because you were born and lived all your life somewhere (undocumented) does not automatically means your are now a national of that country. any foreigner can get a National Insurance number, birth certificate, driving licence, a bank account, go to college, and still not be British.

the law changed 6 months before she was born, she and her family bloody well knew it...

BTW how does she expect to go perform in the US if she has no passport?!
It's easy to sit down on nairaland and dispense judgement.

Btw...I hope she gets her British citizenship.

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by kheny12: 10:04am On Jun 27
There is no place like home.No matter the challenges and difficulties we are facing. Am proud to be a Nigerian.

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Lexusgs430: 10:04am On Jun 27
Oya nairalanders, head to the go fund me and donate generously.............
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Lizilicious(f): 10:05am On Jun 27
I will be waiting for you at the airport young lady...
You cannot escape next level

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by hyperflex(m): 10:05am On Jun 27
She should get a lawyer and fight it. She's done all that's necessary to be a British citizen. Once she leaves she has to apply as Nigerian. Stressful. I doubt she has Naija passport sef. To those laughing at her predicament nobody koba you o. Nobody say make them born u for naija. Cuz many of u like to laugh at other people's misery. Misery loves company

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by akdjr(m): 10:07am On Jun 27
She should come back to Nigeria. How can you be fighting through legal means to remain a citizen in a country that colonize your forefatgers.
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Nobody: 10:07am On Jun 27
Moral of this story...always check your legal status if living abroad.

In the 1940's...a lot of back people from the Carribean moved to the UK to work. Many thought they were legal...until a few years ago.....when they were told they were not.

Some of them fortunately over the years checked their status, found they were not citizens..and promptly applied for citizenship.

Never assume, always check. Those white people are slippery...but they also do things by the book...

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Benekruku(m): 10:07am On Jun 27
She should come to Nigeria. Her future husband is waiting for her here

See tall dark slim Opeke!

I die dere!

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by pansophist(m): 10:09am On Jun 27
Her case will qualify under article 8 of ECHR. I see her winning it, depending on the strength of her lawyer putting forth a compelling case. If refugees, sick people and those not even born in Europe can be given permanent residence under the aforementioned, her case surely deserves it.

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Ausrichie(m): 10:09am On Jun 27
NairalandAngel:
Why is she so scared of coming back to her real country?
There is nothing here for her simple

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by okeyumez(m): 10:09am On Jun 27
abeg come back and join us for next level
Nigeria is a hell fire

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by pek(m): 10:10am On Jun 27
olajide21:


If you leave in the North go to the South and let's see if you would be accepted and vice versa.
*live*
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by itclass01: 10:12am On Jun 27
wow...this is shocking!!!

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Livefreeordieha(m): 10:13am On Jun 27
olajide21:


If you leave in the North go to the South and let's see if you would be accepted and vice versa.
thanks u took the words outta my guts.
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by SALIMAN(m): 10:16am On Jun 27
eeyah pele
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by jrusky(m): 10:17am On Jun 27
Her lawyer will fight it out. It doesn't matter what any f u c k I n g home office are saying she has lived in UK for over 30 years, born there, school there etc so home office has no case. Or are they telling me 100 of thousands if not millions African, India, Pakistani etc that were born 20 years ago should all be deported Pls this is nonsense talk.

The home office secretary himself is from Asia so what does he has to say

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by davidadenrele: 10:18am On Jun 27
Freestainworld:
don't mind them, come back home and grow your musical career, you go hammer here.

Habah!!! Bros you no do well...ooo!!! how you dey advise person for UK to come inside suffering and lamenting called naija!! to say she go hammer!!! you yourself don hammer....love your neighbour as yourself this country is bleeped....walahi!!!

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Kim1: 10:19am On Jun 27
TRY BUT IF U FAIL MAYBE GOD HAS A PLAN FOR U IN NIGERIA.......GOODLUCK
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Jaqenhghar: 10:19am On Jun 27
Truthwords:
Welcome home. I laugh at Nigerians in diaspora, you guys will never be seen as one of them.
They never said they were one of them
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by 3rdavefarms(m): 10:20am On Jun 27
Flier:
Na only you get sense for here
See them up there shouting as if we don’t have people living as large as queen of England in Nigeria


It shall be well with all your generations in Jesus name for this wonderful comment
Most people don’t know you can enjoy life to the Brim in Lagos and Abuja alone, talkless of Calabar And Osogbo with little money , the only difficulty is Security and God is watching over us

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by PresidentAtiku: 10:20am On Jun 27
Like say you don forget say na Buhari dey rule ba?

Better stay there o...

Next level ( hardship) is real
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by TooMuchStuff: 10:21am On Jun 27
MarianaTrench:
Come and get your own dose of Next Level grin

Hahahahahah.... ! Thou art wicked...!

Fulani Herdsmen are just smiling for this news.
Waiting patiently for her arrival and kidnap

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Tats(m): 10:21am On Jun 27
hyperflex:
She should get a lawyer and fight it. She's done all that's necessary to be a British citizen. Once she leaves she has to apply as Nigerian. Stressful. I doubt she has Naija passport sef. To those laughing at her predicament nobody koba you o. Nobody say make them born u for naija. Cuz many of u like to laugh at other people's misery. Misery loves company

They said she went to Nigeria to live and returned later to the UK, so she definitely had Naija passport at some point but likely expired. Its very unusual that she hasn't travelled in a long time as many people in Britain including young people tend to travel even if just to Spain or France.

I would say that she should be eligible for permanent residency even if based on long stay as an illegal (if that is what she is regarded as). Using Windrush is a bit of riding on sentiments. Her case should be on compassionate grounds now.

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