Turkish dramas ‘Kuzey Guney’ and ‘Kara Para Ask’ appeal to numerous Ethiopian households on recently launched Kana Television.

By Seleshi Tessema (Anadolu Agency) |

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia―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 air blows amid the hurly-burly of the bustling 4-million-strong metropolis that lives under a state of emergency, which has led to the banning access to mobile data connections.

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

At 7 o’clock in the evening, 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 Guney — a Turkish television drama series dubbed in Amharic.

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

After a few minutes, Betel suddenly shouts at Kuzey, one of the main characters of the drama. “Mind your business, I hate this!” Her father gives her a nod and, smiling, says ‘’It is okay”.

Asteway and Betel stand up to get closer to each other.

“Today, Guney is like a damn fool,’’ murmurs Asteway.

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