People Have Been Using British Airways to Fly Pizza from London to Nigeria

By Holly Brockwell on at

Remember that email you had from a Nigerian prince who just needed a bit of help to release his fortune? Well, maybe it wasn't quite so far-fetched, given the latest story out of the African country.

According to the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, there are people in Nigeria who have sufficient money, patience and munchies to buy takeaway pizzas in London and have them flown over on British Airways.

At a Senate Committee meeting in Abuja, Audu Ogbeh said:

"Do you know, sir, that there are Nigerians who use their cellphones to import pizza from London?

They buy in London, they bring it on British Airways in the morning to pick up at the airport.

It is a very annoying situation and we have to move a lot faster in cutting down some of these things."

Honestly, "a very annoying situation" is not quite how we'd describe that. Absolutely stark-raving bonkers might come closer to it.

Ogbeh was commenting on Nigeria's reliance on imports, but unsurprisingly the point of his speech was somewhat lost on the internet, which glommed onto the apparent pizza delivery service with glee:

Given today's date, we should clarify that this is definitely not an April Fool -- Ogbeh's speech was made on Tuesday and genuinely was intended to highlight some of the problems with imports and inflation in Nigeria.

It seems he's done an even better job than he intended – now the whole internet's talking about Nigerian imports. Anyone else have a sudden craving for Dominos? [Evening Standard]