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Second Anti-Racism March in Helsinki by the newly founded African Anti-Racism Society

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Two days after the first Anti-Racism demonstration was held at Senate Square, another demonstration that was more impactful and objective also took place in Helsinki on Friday 5th June 2020 but this time it was from the newly founded African Anti-Racism Society.

The African Anti-Racism Society is a community of Africans and people of African descent, activists, and community leaders living in Finland. One of the reasons why the African Anti-Racism Society was founded is that African descent living in Finland wants to speak for themselves, they want to tell their own story by themselves while collaborating with other organizations in racial discrimination and institutional racism our community face in Finland.  Recall that there are some associations that claim to be fighting for the rights of Africans or people of African descent and the leaders are not Africans.


From left to right: Dr Faith Mkwesha, Mr Eugene Ufoka and Libin Mohamed
Photo credit: Yle News

The demonstration began at Pasila Police Station on Friday afternoon in honour of George Floyd who died in the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. The Black Lives Matter demonstration is aimed at seeking redress to police brutality, racial discrimination, ethnic profiling, etc as it concerns blacks in Finland.

Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation was on ground to conduct interviews. The association’s founding member, Ufoka Eugene who is also a human rights activist told Yle journalist that “Our black community wants to improve its interaction with the Finnish police – that we do not have to worry if the police follow us while driving.

Anti-racism group of demonstrators
Photo credit: Yle News

Dr. Faith Mkwesha, one of the great African voices in Finland who also took part in the demonstration. She wrote on Facebook “At a demonstration organized by a group of activists, NGOs and the African diaspora and African Descendants, different individuals calling ourselves African Anti-Racism Society. We gave the petition to the police. The police received it. My talk was “Africans just want to breathe.” We also knelt with one knee Following @colinKaepernick  and in honor of Floyd and Samuel and others
 In its demonstration, the African Anti-Racist Society called on the government to take action to eradicate structural racism, ethnic discrimination, Afrophobia, hate speech and ethnic profiling by the police, Yle reported.


The founding members of the association handed over to Helsinki Police Commissioner Jarmo Heinonen the demands of their association to eradicate racism.
Photo credit: Yle News

According to Yle, the association founders handed over to Helsinki Police Commissioner Jarmo Heinonen their proposals to halt the discrimination experienced by people of African background in Finland. The commissioner thanked the organizers for their exemplary activities.


A copy of the press release obtained by Diaspora Reporters
A copy of the press release obtained by Diaspora Reporters
A copy of the press release obtained by Diaspora Reporters

Source: Yle News

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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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