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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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