Hilder Edmund Malecela was invited to take part and shared her stories in the thematic session of people-to-people connectivity at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May in Beijing. [Photo by Zhang Xingjian/China Daily]
"Before Chinese companies came, we had to pay over $50 each month to watch TV, but now we are paying just $3. Just like people in Beijing we can enjoy the best TV programs for only few bucks," said Hilder Edmund Malecela in Beijing on May 14.
Born in a small village of Dar es Salaam, capital city of Tanzania, Malecela never thought of coming to China and working as a professional voice character for Chinese TV dramas.
"Kung fu is my first impression of China as I have watched several interesting films starring Chinese martial artist Jackie Chan," Malecela said.
In 2011, a Chinese family TV series A Beautiful Daughter-in-law Era, a 36-episode light comedy about a modern Chinese couple, was introduced to African countries and gained huge popularity overseas.
The TV series was first aired on Shanghai TV channel on November 26, 2009, and was dubbed in Swahili and broadcast through the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation in 2011.
"After watching the show, I developed a deep understanding of modern China due to the emotional entanglement and personal relationships depicted in the show. In addition to kung fu, Chinese traditional culture and modernization drive also resonated with me," she said.
"Meanwhile, I learned that Kenyan actress Josephine Moeni Waweru and actor Khamis Juma Swaleh were chosen to do voice dubbing for the two leading roles in the African version of the series. Their jobs were amazing and I longed to be a voice character since then," she added.