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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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Finland based Nigerian rap artist, “Mostwanted” releases new video-Welcome to Lagos ft, Lyn Brown

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Finland based Nigerian afro hip-hop artist, Mostwanted aka Mustardseed born (Victor Mudiaga Eghaghara) released his much awaited video over the weekend which talks about the life in Lagos.

The Nigerian international rapper serves you the official visual to his Lagos anthem Welcome to Lagos.  the hip hop/dance hall and afrobeat song, that talks about Lagos, one of the most populated and fastest growing  cities in the world. The rapper talked about some Lagos history, lifestyle, hustle, culture, major district and suburb of the city. How government has in recent years pays major focus on revitalizing the mechanical frame walk of the city into making it one of the top emerging city in the world, fully laced with metaphors, rhymes and fire lyrics, the rappers visualized the vibes ,hustle, living and the spirit the city brings to everyone and invites you to the city that never sleep.


The video was produced by Kuljay Kaplo.

Visual credit to Kingtula films, and Ludo lui. directed by Mustardseed for Brooklyn films presentation 
youtube link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq–MmGQecI&feature=youtu.beaudio linki   : https://audiomack.com/mostwanted-mudiaga-mustardseed/song/welcome-to-lagoshttps://spinlet.com/music-and-genre-album/3069https://soundcloud.com/mostwantedmustardseed/mostwanted-welcome-to-lagos-ftlyn-brown

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A Cameroonian in Finland bags PhD in law from the University of Helsinki

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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.

George Forji Amin defending his thesis

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

George Forji Amin

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:

George Forji Amin after the successful defense

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. 

From left: Dr Thomas, Josephine Atanga and George

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.

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Video: Black African Lady Allegedly Assaulted By Two Finnish Security Guards

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An African lady, Pauline Wa Jack probably from East Africa took to her Facebook to narrate her ordeal with the ticket inspectors of a VR train heading to Kirkkonummi from Helsinki. According to her Facebook post, she entered the train from Pasila, thereafter the ticket inspector asked her to show her ticket. She told the inspector that she bought the ticket with her phone and her phone battery is flat that she should be given some minutes to put the battery on charge so that she could be able to show the ticket.

The black African lady being held by two Finnish security guards
Source: A screenshot from the video posted on Facebook

However, the inspector who do not have the luxury of time because her action negates the modus operandi of the VR train system had to call the security guards and told them that she doesn’t have a valid ticket. The HSL policy states that a passenger must have his or her ticket at least five minutes before entering a bus, train, tram, the metro, etc. Also, If a passenger is not able to produce a valid ticket, he or she is charged a penalty fare of 80 euros and the price of a single (or value) ticket.

Her injured heels. Photo from her Facebook

It is also good to note that even if you are given a penalty fare you can still cancel it within seven days at the ticket office at the city center only if you have evidence of having a valid ticket probably left at home or the case of having a ticket on your phone before the battery went dead.

Her valid ticket. Source: A screenshot from the video posted on Facebook

According to her, the two security guards both grabbed and dragged her out of the train and in the process she sustained injury. In a video which was obtained by Diaspora Reporters, two security guards were seen holding her. She stated that they didn’t allow her to show them her ticket and the coming of the police didn’t help her either. One of the founders of African Anti-Racism Society Finland, Ufoka Eugene, who is also a human rights activist reacted to the ugly incident and he expressed sadness over the matter that has to do with what he is fighting for.

The African Anti-Racism Society is a community of Africans and people of African descent, activists, and community leaders living in Finland. It was founded to collaborate with other organizations in the fight against racial discrimination and institutional racism in Finland. 

According to him, what happened today is similar to what happened in Sweden last year February where a pregnant woman from African background was dragged off train by the Swedish security guards. The 30-year-old woman, who was eight months pregnant, could be seen being hauled off a train before she is held face down on a bench while she screams. This goes to show how Africans are been racially profiled and maltreated. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pregnant-woman-drag-off-train-sweden-video-security-guards-suspend-stockholm-hotorget-a8759666.html

It’s unfortunate that the incident took place when the covid-19 social distancing directive is still in place. This is happening when most countries are still grappling with the waves of anti-racism protests.

Regional Train of VR. Source: vr.fi

Find below the post she made on her Facebook page

So this happened today on the train Helsinki-kirkkonummi.
I got on at Pasila the conductor asked to see my ticket..I pulled out my phone just to realise the charge had gone dead.I told her just a min I will charge it and show my ticket.I stood up and got a space to charge my
phone .She had called the security and told them I have no ticket.I told the guy I have a ticket just my phone battery is dead.1 sec let me charge it.They both grabbed me , one had me on a choke hold and another on my arms….dragged me off the train and on the platform ground where they held me down.I screamed they are hurting me and didnt let go still .They demanded I walk home and get off the platform.Let me up then and they did .My knee and elbow are bleeding at this point. I told them I am not walking home .I have a valid ticket and am bleeding…. they called the police on me.The police come and spoke to them.Came to me and told me that they are on the right and they are doing their job ….and that is how they would also do things.I tried to explain to the police I have a valid ticket.I had asked if I could charge my phone and show my ticket.They just grabbed me and pushed me to the ground.I have just beeb assulted I am bleeding .The Police told me that I have 2 second to start walking home or sleep in jail and get a fine for resisting.I said that is fine with me.I cant walk home I am bleeding and in pain. A by stander a Finnish (Joel)Man had been had filming the whole incident spoke up showed the police the video .They changed quickly and now offered me a ride home.Which they have am home safe .After 2 hours of questioning.I had a valid ticket…I asked to charge my phone.The police actually ended up doing a crime report on the base of resisting 😳.This two men just assulted me, am all bruised up and they broke my phone.I am the one bruised…bleeding and they broke my phone screen .. .Where on hsl does it read force is used on passangers.

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A video from her facebook

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