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How a Nigerian lady landed in Europe because of 80 naira sachet milk

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Sandra (Pseudonym) was trafficked to Ivory Coast in 2008. Before she left Nigeria, she was told that they are taking her to France only to end up in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast. Upon arrival, her madam (Trafficker) told her that she has to join other ladies in their prostitution work in other to reimburse what was spent in bringing her to the West African country. Sandra refused, and a problem ensued between both of them. However, she was able to escape from captivity through the help of a guy and she promised to pay her madam the agreed amount when she finds her feet in the country.

Life was difficult for Sandra, an inability to speak French also posed a problem for her. She used to beg us for money after the close of service at RCCG church. On one occasion, I told her to return to Nigeria and continue the vocational training which she had abandoned. After struggling for a year, the future looking bleak, the 22-year old Nigerian lady from Edo state decided to return to Nigeria. She bought the bus ticket that will take her from Abidjan to Cotonou, from there she will get a bus that will take her to Lagos.

One evening, after she had finished preparing dinner for the lady she was squatting with. According to her, she said she had a change of mind in regard to what she was going to eat. She stepped out of the house to buy a powdered milk in sachet which costs around 80 naira when converted so that she could make tea. On her way to the nearby kiosk in Treichville where she lives, she saw a distressed white guy who was staring at her. At first, she ignored but the guy kept staring that was when she asked the guy “What is the problem,?” the guy gave a gleeful chuckle and replied “Oh you speak English? ” Please I have a problem, he said” and he narrated his problems to Sandra

What happened was that he had been interacting with a pretty African lady online, and he fell in love with the lady which prompted him to fly down to Abidjan to surprise the lady with a marriage proposal. When he got to the airport he called the number that the supposed lady gave him but a man picked the call and as soon as he introduced himself, the man told him that the owner of the phone is not around. Actually, the man who picked the call was a scammer who poses as a lady to the white guy

After the white guy had finished narrating his ordeal, Sandra, being aware of what Nigerians are doing in Abidjan seized the opportunity and acted accordingly and told the white guy that she’ll come to his hotel to keep him company. To cut the long story short, the white guy fell in love with Sandra, engaged her, and later got married in a magistrate court. A week later, he took her to their country’s embassy in Abidjan and applied for her resident visa.

Thirteen years down the memory lane, Sandra who was once stranded and devastated in Abidjan is still happily married to the guy and they are living in one of Europe’s best countries. She has two kids. Last time I spoke with her, she told me that she has bought a house in her country of residence. Her hubby is wealthy, he has a fishing company and he loves black to a fault.

Sandra’s story from grass to grace is a testamental evidence of God’s favour. Sometimes, God shows up when all hope is lost. If she had not stepped out of her house to buy the powdered milk in sachet she wouldn’t have met the man whom God has destined for her. We all need a man (destiny helper) in our life.

I pray for you today, may you not miss the person you are supposed to meet in life

This is not a concocted story, but a true life incidence which I witnessed during my stay in Abidjan. Some of my old friends are aware of it

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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
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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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