George Forji Amin, a Cameroonian was in a joyful mood on Thursday, June 18th, 2020 after the successful defense of his Ph.D. at the University of Helsinki. Family members and friends were also around to share in his happiness. George is the new kid on the block of Cameroonians in Finland with a Ph.D.
The topic for his Doctoral thesis is Encountering Underdevelopment: International Law, Capital Accumulation and the Integration of Sub-Saharan Africa into the World System (1492-1900) and you can download it on this site; https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/315286
Diaspora Reporters was in touch with him, to congratulated him for his resilience and doggedness towards accomplishing his dream. Find below the few questions we asked him:
Please introduce yourself?
My name is George Forji Amin (LL.D) from Cameroon, I’m a University of Helsinki graduate with a LL.Lic (Licentiate of Laws—Mphil equivalent), and an LLM (Master of Laws). I am also a Harvard Law School IGLP Alumni.
What motivated you to go for a PhD
I was motivated to undertake the PhD because of a number of reasons: I naturally have a strong passion for research and teaching. I also have a special interest in the socio-political problems of Africa and wanted to develop the necessary scientific skills and voice to champion these causes.
Tell us about your journey throughout the doctoral level. Was there a time you wanted to give up
I faced several ups and downs while conducting my research, especially with regard to stable funding. I had to suspend my studies a couple of times, because I needed to work in order to make ends meet. However, my dedication to the cause kept my spirits up.
How were you able to defend your Doctoral thesis
I faced the most difficulties during the first 2 years into my doctoral studies. However after building a number of academic networks and collaborations, things naturally began to take shape, and it became evident to me that it was just a matter of time before i defend the project.
Tell us how you feel now
I feel fulfilled and elated to have come to the end of the tunnel with my philosophy officially validated into legal science.
I’m passionate about changing the negative narrative of Africans in Finland says “Obiwest Utchaychukwu” The Face of African Queen founder
The publisher of Diaspora Glitz Magazine which is dubbed the Voice of Afro-Finn, Mr. Obiwest Utchaychukwu has expressed his desire to change the negative narrative associated with the people with African background living in Finland. He made this known during the press day of the Face of African Queen beauty contest, a beauty pageant he co-founded with Miss Kelly Kalonji, the winner of Miss Helsinki 2013
In the history of the African community in Finland, there hasn’t been any beauty pageant of a high standard that could compete with other top beauty pageants elsewhere. The Face of African Queen which was founded late last year is produced by Diaspora Reporters ry.
The beauty pageant kicked off on an enviable level with some partners and sponsors showing interest in the project. Amongst the sponsors of the beauty pageant is SKOHAN, one of the biggest clubs in Helsinki, their facility was used during the casting and they also gave free drinks to the contestants and the judges, while Hesburger supplied foods and drinks
According to Obiwest, the grande finale of the beauty contest will take place on November 21st and the event will attract the creme de la creme of the African community in Finland and top Finnish dignitaries.
We can change the negative story by doing what is right, inculcating in the hearts of Africans in Finland that we have a role to play in the society. We should be the change we desire, Obiwest says. He also advised people of African background to leverage on the plethora of opportunities available in Finland for the growth of the country.
Obiwest said the goal of The Face of African Queen is to provide young African women who were born or live in Finland with a platform to showcase their beauty, culture, abilities and creativity. We want to encourage them to be more confident, goal-oriented, he added.
Like other Miss competitions, the Face of African Queen competition has a talent competition, a swimsuit tour, an interview, and an evening dress tour. In addition, in one round, participants present the culture of their own country, for example by wearing their country’s national costume.
He further said that one of the constraints of The Face of African Queen is finance. This is the first edition of the beauty pageant and it’s getting popular each day, everybody wants to get to know us, our Instagram account and other social media platforms are growing rapidly. Kelly and I have put a lot in this project, our resources, time, and attention
Finnish celebrity photographer “Nikita Tikka” to take photos of Face of African Queen Top 10 finalists
Last Saturday, July 25th, Face of African Queen beauty pageant organizers had the much-anticipated casting to pick the top 10 finalists who will slug it out in the Grand Finale of the beauty contest opened for Afro-Finns. The finals and main event comes up on November 14th, 2020.
Recall that about 45 ladies from all over Finland applied for the Face of African Queen beauty contest. This was made known by the founder,
Obi-west Utchaychukwu, the publisher of Diaspora Glitz Magazine https://www.foreigner.fi/articulo/news/diaspora-glitz-magazine-wins-best-media-at-the-afro-finns-achievement-awards/20191113155952003461.html
After the screening, 25 ladies made it to the semifinals and 21 showed up at the casting where the judges led by Sini Sabotage (Finnish top rapper) picked the Top 10 finalists.
The casting took place at SKOHAN, Helsinki.
Find below the Top 10 finalists by country :
Ghana 🇬🇭, South Sudan🇸🇸, Angola🇦🇴, Nigeria 🇳🇬, Gambia 🇬🇲, Cameroon 🇨🇲, Sudan 🇸🇩, Rwanda 🇷🇼,
Sierra Leone 🇸🇱, Congo 🇨🇩
The Cofounder of Face of African Queen Finland Miss Kelly Kalonji ( Miss Helsinki winner, 2013) posted on her Instagram handle the partnership with Nikita Tikka, a celebrity photographer in Finland.
Nikita Tikka has been a Miss Helsinki 2013 tour photographer, Miss Finland as a photographer. He takes photos for TV commercials and modeling agencies.
He is one of the most respected photographers. He has done some works for We Women, Iltasanomat, Iltalehti, Seiska, Koti, and many other magazines.
The Face of African Queen casting was featured in Seiska magazine. https://www.seiska.fi/Uutiset/Missikaunotar-Kelly-Kalonji-toteutti-unelmansa-perusti-uuden-missikilpailun-Suomessa
Catholic Diocese of Helsinki in conjunction with the African Chaplaincy to conduct memorial mass for late Chief Cliff. Osuchukwu
The Catholic Diocese of Helsinki in conjunction with the African Chaplaincy will conduct a burial mass for late Chief Cliff. Osuchukwu. The announcement was made by the Chairman of the Igbo Union Finland.
Recall that Chief Clifford Osuchukwu died on June 26th, 2020 in Nigeria after a brief illness. https://diasporareporters.com/the-igbo-community-of-finland-mourns-the-shocking-death-of-chief-clifford-osuchukwu-ezeomenala/
Below is the statement from the Igbo Union Finland
This is to inform you that the Catholic Diocese of Helsinki together with the African Chaplaincy will be conducting a Special Memorial Mass in honour of our brother, late Chief Cliff. Osuchukwu.
This will take place on Sunday, 26.7.2020 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church very close to Kaivopuisto.
We urge our members to endeavour to attend as we join the Catholic Community in prayers for a peaceful rest to his gentle soul.
Adieu EZEOMENALA !
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