A Zambian student has won hearts in the Aegean province of Afyonkarahisar as she promotes the city with YouTube videos she makes for a living.
“My real name is Chimwemwe Chita, but everyone in town calls me ‘Çita.’ Many tourists come to visit Afyonkarahisar after watching my videos,” the 22-year-old told Hürriyet daily.
Chita’s connection to Afyonkarahisar dates back to 2017 when Kocatepe University, one of 12 Turkish universities she applied to, accepted her application to study veterinary medicine.
“Now I am in fourth grade. I have one more year to study,” she said. “But I will not leave Afyonkarahisar after graduation. I want to stay here, I like it here.
His dream is to work in a veterinary clinic, in particular to take care of the horses.
However, after graduation, she has a plan in mind “to travel all over Anatolia”. The very first place to visit will be Cappadocia, the scenic historical region famous for its chimneys in Central Anatolia. “I want to fly with a hot air balloon over Cappadocia.”
When asked how she started making videos for YouTube, she pointed to a local media company named “Afyon Postası”.
“One day, a friend in the dormitory said that Afyon Postası officials wanted to work with me and benefit from my perspective while promoting the city,” she said.
The first video she filmed was about her visit to what is now Ayazini village. “Over 50,000 people have liked the video. It was a good start, then came the other videos.
His favorite local dish is hash soufflé. “People should come to Afyonkarahisar and taste all the local dishes; they are delicious,” she recommended.
Besides the money she earns from the local media company, she earns her living in town by teaching English lessons and sewing dresses.
She may be homesick, she misses her family residing in her home country, but she was an “Afyon local”, even her musical tastes converted to “Turkish”.
“I love listening to Barış Manço, Sezen Aksu, Murat Boz and Hadise,” she listed.
She also said that it was easy for her to adapt to Turkish society as the social orders of the two countries, Turkey and Zambia, are similar.
“People in both countries are both friendly and helpful, and even the greeting styles are the same,” she said.
“The only difference I have to say is that Zambian food is spicier, and we don’t have too many kinds of desserts like the Turks,” she pointed out.
The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central, Southern and East Africa, with a population of nearly 19 million.