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

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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

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I’m passionate about changing the negative narrative of Africans in Finland says “Obiwest Utchaychukwu” The Face of African Queen founder

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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

The Founders of The Face of African Queen addressing the press.
Photo Credit: Bleumonde photos

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

The finalists
Photo Credit: Bleumonde photos

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.

Press Day host, Sara Chafak, Miss Finland winner 2012 with Obiwest
Photo Credit: Bleumonde photos

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

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Finnish celebrity photographer “Nikita Tikka” to take photos of Face of African Queen Top 10 finalists

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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.

Group photo: Contestants, make-up artists and the founders
Photo credit: Jukka Luoma

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

The founders addressing a section of the judges
Photo credit: Jukka Luoma

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.

Nikita Tikka
Photo credit: Instagram

The casting took place at SKOHAN, Helsinki.

Another section of the judges
Photo credit: Jukka Luoma

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

Special beauty care products for all the contestants
Photo credit: Jukka Luoma




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Catholic Diocese of Helsinki in conjunction with the African Chaplaincy to conduct memorial mass for late Chief Cliff. Osuchukwu

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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

Dear Members,
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.
Time: 13.00

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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