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  • Why are cars so expensive in Ethiopia?

    Owning a car for many Ethiopians - even those with ready cash to spend in one of the world's fastest-growing economies - remains a pipe dream.

    "I have been saving for nearly four years now, and I still can't afford to buy even the cheapest vehicle here," a frustrated Girma Desalegn tells me.

    He has been shopping around for a whole week in capital, Addis Ababa, and has still not found an affordable car.

    He is looking to buy a second-hand car imported from the Gulf states or Europe - but even they are prohibitively expensive because the government classifies cars as luxury goods.

    This means even if a vehicle is second hand, it will be hit with import taxes of up to 300%.

    "I have a budget of $15,000 (£12,300) and had expected that with that I could buy a decent family car.

    "I don't want to buy the Toyota Vitz," he says pointing to a row of small hatchbacks that have now become popular on Ethiopian roads.

    These cost about $16,000 in Ethiopia; in neighbouring Kenya the same car costs not more than $8,000.

    It seems little wonder that Ethiopia has the world's lowest rate of car ownership, with only two cars per 1,000 inhabitants, according to a 2014 Deloitte report.

     

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  • Usain Bolt and Almaz Ayana Crowned 2016 World Athletes of the Year

    Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana have been named the male and female World Athletes of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016, held at Sporting Monte Carlo on Friday (2).

    Bolt, who won the award five times between 2008 and 2013, added to his legacy by earning the trophy for a record sixth occasion. The sprinting superstar this year successfully defended his Olympic titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, bringing his lifetime tally of Olympic gold medals to nine.

    He clocked season’s bests of 9.81 and 19.78 to win the 100m and 200m in Rio and then anchored the Jamaican team to a world-leading 37.27 when winning the 4x100m.

    He also went undefeated throughout the whole season at all distances, including heats.

    "I live for the moments when I walk into a stadium and I hear a loud roar and Rio was outstanding," said Bolt, whose award was presented by IAAF President Sebastian Coe. "One of the main reasons I'm continuing for another year is because of the fans; they don't want me to retire. I have to give thanks to them."

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  • Ethiopia takes delight in watching Turkish drama series

    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.

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