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Diaspora Glitz Magazine “Political Icon of the Year 2021 Award”

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Political Icon of the Year Award

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The political landscape of Finland is gradually changing. More people from foreign backgrounds are joining politics to enhance diversity and inclusiveness and to change the negative narratives.

The “Political Icon of the Year Award” is for Finnish politicians of African descent, those who have link with Africa.


The award aims to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of political figures of African descent in Finland. It will also motivate the newbies in politics who also have same background.


We received couple of nominations and the team was able to pick the last four.


The award is strictly by online voting. It will run for 10 days. It will be transparent and the result will be communicated to the nominees at their request.


The winner will be announced in a publication by Diaspora Glitz Magazine. The media team of Diaspora Glitz Magazine will visit the winner at his or her office to present the award and certificate in the company of the media.

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Candidate (1)









Suldaan Said Ahmed aka Black Lion is a second term Helsinki City councillor and activist. He is a social media influencer. He is one of the organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement in Finland. He is the first politician from immigrant background to be elected to the leadership of a Political party in Finland.

In September 2021, he was sworn in as a Member of Parliament, becoming Finland’s first Somali-background MP.
During interview by Yle, when he was about to be appointed as MP he said “Glass ceilings are made to be broken, I’m the first, but I’m certainly not the last.”
His popular statement reads “I want Finland, where every young person, regardless of their background and starting point, can pursue their dreams. When I grew up, there were no people like me in Parliament. I ended up with completely different jobs in my background. I hope my choice communicates to young people that it is possible. And that is exactly what I will also be working on as a decision maker. I promise to work for a brave, open and better Finland.

Photo Credit: Vitaligusatinsky

Candidate (2)









Fatim Diarra is the Chairperson of the city council of Helsinki and a human rights activist. She is the first person of colour to be selected as the Chairperson of the city council of Helsinki. The City Council is the main decision-making organ in the local politics of Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. The Chairperson is second in command after the mayor in the city, making her a powerful politician and a representative of the Capital city.
Fatim Diarra has been the Vice-chairperson of the Green Party of Finland and is currently working as the Chairperson of The Feminist Association Unioni, the oldest women’s rights organization in Finland. She is also a Board member of the European Women’s lobby, the largest umbrella organization of women associations in the European Union.
Her father is from Mali and her mother is from northern Finland. She is proud of her West African roots and is in contact with her family in Mali, Senegal, Canada, and France. Diarra identifies as Finnish and Malian. She believes that her multicultural background gives her a unique perspective to politics and to issues of global solidarity. She works for integrating antiracist policies in action in Helsinki.
She has studied social and public policy at the University of Jyväskylä and theology at the University of Helsinki. Formerly she has worked as an International Affairs and EU Lobbying Adviser and as a teacher. She is married and a proud big sister to many younger siblings.
She has stated that her power comes from all the people who believe in her and she feels strongly that it’s an honor and a privilege to lead a human rights organization.

Candidate (3)

Two term Järvenpää City Councillor under the National Coalition Party, Rita Kostama who is originally from Rwanda is among the few politicians from African background who are doing well in the Finnish political terrain. The graduate from Laurea University of Applied Sciences is an entrepreneur. She owns a Book Keeping and Translation company. She bagged “The Refugee Woman of the Year 2016.”

Rita have introduced two important initiatives in Järvenpää City Council which aims to integrate immigrants in the municipality. Aside being a City Councilor, she serves as Parish Councilor of Järvenpää Parish (2018-) and also a member of the representative body of HOK-Elanto since 2020.
The mother of two children is a member of Kokoomusnaiset. A councilor in Keski-Uudenmaan sote -kuntayhtymä (2021-2025). She is the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission / Board of Keski-Uudenmaan sote. A member of the Board of HUS Hyvinkään sairaanhoitoalueen lautakunta (2021-2025). Keski-Uudenmaan vesiensuojelun liikelaitoskuntayhtymä (Kuves)
Rita Kostama’s hobbies include figure skating and ice swimming. In addition, she does volunteer work in different organizations. Rita Kostama values safety, family, education, work, equality and well-being.

Candidate (4)









Toivola is a writer, actor and director based in Helsinki Finland. He served as an MP from 2011 to 2019. He is the first black member of the Finnish Parliament. As a politician he is known for his work on human rights, equality, inclusive education and championing the LGBTIQ-issues in the political arena. His biggest political success was passing the same-sex marriage act in 2016.
He has published three books for adults in relation to identity (Musta tulee isona valkoinen, 2016), fatherhood (Kirja tytölleni, 2018) and love ( Rakkaudesta 2021 ). This year he also published his first book for children ( Poika ja hame ). He is currently hosting his own podcast and is working in theatre.
With a mother from Finland and a father from Kenya, Jani Toivola was born and raised in Helsinki Finland. In 2002 he moved to New York, USA to study acting at the HB Acting Studio. He is a proud father of a 8-year old.

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