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March 03, 2009

'Obamarama': Video shop in Addis

The next installment in "Obamarama" comes from Boniface Mwangi, a freelance photographer in Nairobi. Boniface is one of the best young journalists in Kenya, and during the post-election crisis last year you might have seen his dramatic pictures in the New York Times or Washington Post.

He sends in this picture of Obama Video Center, a kiosk in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Obama ethiopia_mwangi

It seems that fans of the 44th president will put his name and face on anything -- even pirated DVDs. Unlike the illegal DVDs in Nairobi, which have dramatically improved in quality (many appear to be copies of copies of the screeners handed out to motion picture academy members), street DVDs in Addis are more than likely to be crude duplicates of something shot by video camera in a darkened theater.

Thanks, Boniface. Please keep the entries coming via e-mail.

Previous installments in Obamarama:
Bar-cafe in Cotonou, Benin
Snacks Point in Ntulele, Kenya


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Gabriel Borges

congratulations for WAXAL, now I be reading your site.

Good Luck! see you!

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