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The Usual Suspects. 

So I took a red eye flight Monday on British Airways from London to Abuja. It was booked solid in first, business and economy class by Nigerians.
Then the announcement for inflight shopping came on the PA system warning us at the end of the sales pitch that they would be needing additional identification like a passport from those who decide to use their credit cards to make a purchase. The implication clearly is that Nigerians are fraudsters who would use fake credit cards to purchase overpriced merchandise on British Airways.
Just so you know such an announcement will never be made on a London – Los Angeles or New York flight.
Forget the fact that Nigerians filled the seats and the London – Nigeria route is one of the most lucrative for British Airways. 
This made my blood boil. Either my fellow Nigerian passengers were not aware they were just insulted or we have become desensitized to insults from white people after all US President Trump said we live in shitholes
In the same breath the attendant asked us to donate our spare change to educate poor Mohammed in Ghana. Why is it when white people claim to be helping Africans they are actually insulting us? – @OgbeniAyotunde

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Hi Juju films,
Thank you for speaking out about the obvious class-ism and racism on that BA flight. I have been following you for years on WordPress and always enjoy your pictures and thoughts. Thanks, Elizabeth


Hi Juju, I, too, have followed you for years. But I must speak up here…why do you assume this announcement comes from ‘white’ people. The person who instigated it might be a British/African; a British/Indian; a British/Carribean; British/Asian. The point here is that, sadly, fraud in Nigeria is rampant. Read this article that has nothing to do with ‘white’ people: Check out this story: Things Fall Apart from Flipboard.

I appreciate your documentation of Nigeria. It is outstanding body of work.
Thanks, Lesley

Hi Juju, I have followed your work for years and appreciate the documentation of Nigeria. I admire your commitment. In your comment you assume that the announcement was due to a ‘white’ person. But possible the regulation may have been put in place by a British/African or British/Indian or British/Caribbean or British/Asian. The regulation is put in place because of the bad credit history that, unfortunately pursues Nigeria’s reputation. But really, is it fair that a person buys something and then does not pay for it? Everyone who has a credit cards pays the price for those who are fraudulent.… Read more »

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