Written by The Media Apostle
My experience at a Pentecostal Church in Damascus, Syria
I visited the Middle East for the first time in 2004, that’s about 16 years ago. I started my journey from Egypt, then Jordan, Syria and I rounded it up with Lebanon. During the trip, I visited almost all the important places including Al-Maghtas in Jordan, the very spot where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist.
I remember eating unleavened bread with kidney beans at the “Straight Road” in Syria, the very place where Apostle Paul was converted. I was also at Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque, the granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad. In all, it was a memorable experience.
During my stint in Damascus, I needed to fellowship with a Pentecostal church from Africa. After several calls from my guide, we discovered one, it was the only Pentecostal church where you’ll find Africans.
I got to the church and I met African Christian brothers and sisters worshiping God in a predominant Muslim country where Christians are persecuted. The majority of the members of the church are from South Sudan.
At the close of service, I asked the man who officiated if he is the pastor and he said no. During our discussion, I got to know that the founder of the church is a Nigerian, an Igbo guy who travelled to Syria to hustle, and along the line, he was led to open a church which became the first African church in Damascus. But the guy abandoned the church and relocated to Turkey in a bid to get to Western Europe.
The church then was in dire need of a shepherd. Unfortunately, the supposed shepherd like Demas in the Bible abandoned his assignment for the cares of this world.
The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few. God is looking for a man who will stand in the gap, are you ready?
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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
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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