Erdogan’s great game: Turkey pushes into Africa with aid, trade ...

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Erdogan’s great game: Turkey pushes into Africa with aid, trade and soaps

President cements foreign policy ambitions with business and humanitarian help on the continent

Andres Schipani and Laura Pitel

In a hotel bar in Addis Ababa, an Ethiopian couple wrestle with the remote control, flipping between US election results on CNN, war reports on a local newscast, and a Turkish soap opera, Adi Mutluluk (It’s Called Happiness). 

In the end, they choose the Turkish drama, dubbed into Amharic. “The truth is, we both love this show,” the couple echoed.

The success of Turkish television shows in Ethiopia, the powerhouse of the Horn of Africa, is a small but telling sign of Ankara’s growing influence in a region that has become a magnet for foreign capitals...

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