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Africans in Finland remembers Samuel Dolphyne who died in the hands of the Finnish Police



Just like the Arab Spring protest that began in Tunisia and later spread across much of the Arab world, the Anti-Racism protest in honour of George Floyd, the 46-year-old African-American who died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street has equally sparked widespread protests against systematic racism not just in the United States alone but other major cities of the world.

Late Samuel Dolphyne aka Sly Tee

The funeral of George Floyd who died on May 25th, 2020 was held on Thursday, June 4th, 2020 in Minneapolis and it was attended by a large number of political leaders, celebrities, family members, and friends. A spectacular speech was delivered by Rev. Al Sharpton where he opined that “The reason we could never be who we wanted to be and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our neck,” “It’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say get your knee off our necks,” he added.

The second phase of Anti-Racism demonstration will take place in Helsinki today and it’s being organized by the African Anti-Racism Society, a community of Africans and people of African descent, activists, and community leaders living in Finland. The African Anti-Racism Society is committed to fighting racism and promoting the full inclusion of people of African descent in all spheres in Finland. According to Mr. Eugene Ufoka, who is among the organizers, the time for the peaceful solidarity march is 16:30 and it will end by 18:00. They will gather on the roadside in front of Tripla Mall in Pasila then march to the Pasila police station to deliver their speeches and make demands.

The funeral invitation:
Source: Late Samuel Dolphyne facebook page

One of the demands of the African Anti-Racism Society will be justice for Samuel Dolphyne, a Ghanaian who died in the hands of the Finnish police on November 18th, 2018. Recall that the African community in Finland was thrown into mourning when the death of the 45-year old broke out. The deceased was a resident of Austria who came to Finland to see his friend Kwaku Ofori. The sad incident happened around 23:30
on Saturday 18 November in Helsinki, after the deceased and his friend Kwaku Ofori had gone to a mini Christmas party organized by the Ghana Eastern Region (Koforidua) Association of Finland.

According to Ofori’s statement that was obtained by GhanaWeb, a Ghanaian media outfit, he said he was in the same car with Samuel Dolphyne and that after they were stopped by the Finnish police, Dolphyne was asked to blow into the alcoholometer, which he did. The police officer asked him to do it for the second time and he obliged. The police then asked him how much alcohol he has consumed, to which he replied “one bottle of beer”.

Furthermore, the police turned to Kwaku Ofori and asked him if what his friend is saying is the truth and he affirmed that his friend took just a bottle of beer. Ofori’s statement stated that Samuel stepped down from the car with the intention to beg the police officers to allow them to go home since it was already late. After a while, Ofori who was still sitting in the car, also stepped down to check why the deceased has kept long. Ofori recalls Dolphyne lying on the ground with the two policemen on top of him trying to handcuff him.

According to Ofori, the deceased was shouting for help. “He was shouting and calling my name: Ofori! Ofori! they are killing me! I can’t breathe! I have asthma!” Ofori claims that by the time the deceased lost consciousness, only one of his hands was cuffed and Dolphyne was confirmed dead later

The narrative from Ofori which was published by some Ghanaian media has it that a local newspaper in Finland, Ilta Sanomat reported that the dead Dolphyne, who left behind a young daughter, was aggressive towards the police and that he refused to blow into the alcoholometer when he was stopped by the police.

The African Anti-Racism Society will seek justice over the death of Dolphyne this was made known to Diaspora Reporters by one of the organizers.

Source: GhanaWeb, Police photo: Helsinki Times


Finland based Nigerian narrates how he was once humiliated because of poverty




A Nigerian, Obi-West Utchaychukwu who is the publisher of Diaspora Glitz Magazine recounts how he was embarrassed by a supposed rich man because he asked him for help in other to publish a book. The inspiring true life story was shared on the magazine Instagram account.

Find below what he posted

In The Joy Of Christmas – May Our Dreams Come Through – Read my inspiring story

Everyone desires to see their dreams come true. I have always wanted to become a publisher because of my penchant for writing. My interest in writing had a huge boost when my article was published by The Punch Newspaper in 2011. The title of the top-notch article was “The many ills of the nation.” In the article, I criticized former president Goodluck Jonathan’s plan to put ex-presidents of Nigeria on a lifetime pension at a time when Nigeria was in a profound economic crisis.

Obi-West Utchaychukwu
Editor-in-Chief, Diaspora Glitz Magazine

That same year, during my wilderness experience in Lagos, still fighting hard to disentangle myself from the claws of poverty, I wrote a book on the African Odyssey. The 200 pages book was a compilation of the experiences I have garnered vis-à-vis life outside the shores of the country. I took the manuscript to a publisher for him to read and see if he could publish it for me on pro bono. A week later, he returned the manuscript to me and told me he can’t publish it for free and he advised me not to give my manuscript to anybody just like that, that they could steal the content.

The latest edition of the magazine

I went to the office of The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) at Ikeja and they collected the manuscript from me and told me that they will send it to their head office in Abuja. Three days later, the office in Abuja contacted me to acknowledge the receipt of the manuscript and that they will get back to me within two weeks.

After two weeks, I got a reply from them that someone has read the manuscript and the person approved it. I was told that the agency is willing to publish the book because it’s informative, educative, and articulate as it would go a long way in warning young Nigerians about the dangers of traveling through the desert and other illegal means just to get to oversea. The agency asked me how much do I need for the publishing and I told them N2 million naira for thousands of copies (I can’t remember the exact figure) and they agreed. They told me that they will invite me to Abuja to sign some papers to enable them to release the fund. That week I was in an ecstatic mood, little did I know that my bubble was about to burst.

Obi-West with the former South African Ambassador to Finland

The following week, I received an email that shattered my life. They said they can no longer sponsor the publishing of the book because of paucity of funds, “but it was a fallacy.” Someone from the office told me that the reason why they jettisoned the initial agreement to help me was because of my tribe. If I were a Northerner, they would have supported me.

I took the manuscript this time to a very wealthy man from my village who is in the race to become the next King of my community. When I got to his office at Ikeja, Lagos State, I met his absence and I waited for almost two hours before he came. As soon as he was about to enter his office, I stood up, greeted him, and introduced myself to him. I gave him the manuscript with tears almost dropping from my eyes, i told him to assist me in publishing the book. He flipped through the manuscript and handed it back to me. His statement was “I’m very busy, you can come another day” instantly, I developed cold feet, I didn’t know what to do. I never expected a harsh response from him. In summary, because of poverty, I abandoned my manuscript in the hands of people who might have published the book without my knowledge and made money from it.

Today, I give God Glory because my dream of becoming a publisher has been fulfilled. Everyone knows me in Finland because of my Diaspora Glitz Magazine which has maintained consistency and quality. The quarterly magazine is the official producer of The Face of African Queen Finland, a beauty pageant for ladies with African backgrounds. The magazine has launched me into limelight.

I can publish whatever I want to publish because Grace has made it possible. You can still achieve your dreams if you don’t lose focus because of the challenges of life. Merry Christmas to all

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Nigerian community in Finland hold ‘EndSARS’ protest in Helsinki




On Thursday, 22nd October 2020, the #EndSARS protests that has gripped Nigeria for more than two weeks took place in the city of Helsinki. Nigerians in Finland came out en mass to protest against police brutality, extortion, extrajudicial killing, illegal arrest, and detention of youths by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the police force.

EndSARS protesters in a peaceful walk to the Parliament Building
Photo Credit: Wealthyshezzy

#EndSARS protest was reignited following the shooting of a youth reportedly in front of a hotel in Ughelli, Delta State, in broad daylight by some FSARS operatives who drove away from his Lexus Jeep. The police have said the youth didn’t die. Recall that the protests began on 7 October with mostly young people demanding the scrapping of a notorious police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

At the Senate Square
Photo Credit: Wealthyshezzy

Although President Buhari said it had been dissolved on 11 October, the protests have carried on, and broadened to include demands for broader reforms in the way Nigeria is governed. The protests were intensified when Nigerians in the diaspora joined in the protest.

Organizers of the protest
From left: Everest, MostWanted, Obiwest, Sola

On Tuesday 20th October, security forces opened fire on hundreds of peaceful protesters in Lagos, killing at least 12 people in the capital, according to Amnesty International.

At the Parliament Building
Photo Credit: WealthyShezzy
A Protester passing a message
Photo Credit: Wealthyshezzy

 The #EndSARS protest in Finland was organized by four Nigerians and they are; Everest Obatitor, the Chairman of the Nigerian Football Team in Finland, Obiwest Utchaychukwu, the publisher of Diaspora Glitz Magazine, MostWanted aka Mustardseed a hip-hop/afrobeat artist and Olusola Ogunluyi a community leader.

At the Parliament Building
Photo Credit: WealthyShezzy
A protester displaying his placard
Photo Credit: Wealthyshezzy

Many Nigerians came from different parts of Finland, some came from neighbouring Estonia to show solidarity with Nigerians back home. The protest began at the Senate Square with the singing of the Nigerian National Anthem and after that a minute of silence was observed in honour of those who lost their lives during the protest. From the Senate Square, the protesters accompanied by the Finnish Police matched down to the Parliament building where they made their voices heard and passed the sublime message of #EndSARS

Protesters at the Senate Square
Photo Credit WealthyShezzy

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Meet Chike Ohanwe,- the first dark-skinned Jussi Award winner




History was made on Wednesday night when Chike Ohanwe was announced the winner of Jussi Award for Best Male of the Year for his role in the film Aurora. This is unprecedented since 1944 when the Jussi Award was established to recognize excellence in the Finnish film industry.

The Jussi Awards are Finland’s premier film industry event, recognizing annually the past year’s excellence in Finnish film making by directors, actors, and writers. It is just like The Oscars in the United States.

Chile Ohanwe
Photo credit : MTV News

Chike is a Nigerian-Finnish, his father is from Imo State in Eastern Nigerian while his mother is a Finn. His father, Mr Augustine Ohanwe came to Finland many decades ago for studies and he had since returned back to his native country Nigeria. He is an outstanding author and his best selling book on Amazon is The Legend of Mount Zebrue.

MTV News reports that after receiving the award, Ohanwe gave a speech of thanks, which certainly impressed many. Even after his first sentence, Ohanwe received long-standing, great applause. 

Chike’s dad Mr. Augustine Ohanwe
Photo credit: Facebook

With applause, Ohanwe became visibly more sensitive and aired the Jussi Award in his hand on the gala stage. In addition, the tear-eyed Ohanwe thanked his old teachers in his speech. 

– Your dune, what you have done for cultural education in general, it is measured not in money, but in people. Thank you. 

– At the age of 11 I started doing theater and I kind of knew from then on that if I wanted to make a career out of this, I had to press a lot of dune. And I have to put people around me who … if there are roles that the girl plays in, if they don’t come, then maybe there are people with whom she can do them.

Ohanwe continued his speech, still moved, a tear running down his cheek. 

He joins the likes of Lola Odusoga, the first dark-skinned winner of Miss Finland in making the minority Afro-Finns community proud

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