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The Delight in Watching Turkish Drama Series in Ethiopia

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In recent years, Turkish TV series have become popular in Balkan, Latin American and Arab countries. Now, Ethiopia is following their footsteps, as two prominent Turkish productions are being aired and dubbed in the local language


Everyone in this family of three is excited. From their apartment living room neighborhood of Summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, they are about to be mesmerized, and transported to another world of Turks fluently speaking Amharic, Ethiopia's national language.

A fresh wind blows amid the hurly-burly of the bustling 4-million-strong metropolis that lives under a state of emergency, which has led access to mobile data connections being banned.

The Ethiopian government has imposed martial law since mid-October to help subdue months of violent anti-government protests.

At 7 p.m., a deep silence fills the living room of the working class apartment.

Riding on an emotional roller coaster

Wessenyelehe Tilahun, 49, a film and media professional, his wife Asteway Belay, 35, a civil servant and their 18-year-old daughter, Betel, are watching "Kuzey Güney" - a Turkish television drama series dubbed in Amharic.

Later in the evening they will watch another Turkish drama, "Kara Para Aşk" (Dirty Money Love), which private Ethiopian satellite television Kana has beamed to households for the past six months.