Turkish Pop Singer’s Video in Varosha Upsets Greek-Cypriots

November 19, 2021

A frolicking video shot by a noted Turkish-Cypriot singer in the abandoned resort of Varosha on the occupied side which has been partially reopened has stirred anger among Greek-Cypriots, many of whose properties were seized during an unlawful invasion in 1974 that split the island.

The Turkish newspaper The Daily Hurriyet reported on the brouhaha over Nihayet Elibol, a 32-year-old singer known as Nini, shooting the clip for her latest song Bulaman (You Can’t Find) on the beaches of the crumbling resort.

It has been left as it was in 1974 and accessible until now by only the Turkish military or officials before part of it, including the beach which drew famous celebrities, being partially reopened mostly for Turks and Turkish-Cypriots.

The shooting took place in the summer, the report said, but wasn’t released until Nov. 16 on YouTube and promoted to her 27,000 followers on Twitter, a 3 ½ minute video showing young people dancing and singing on the beach and streets between abandoned buildings.

Dilapidated homes, hotels and shattered storefronts are also seen as the group cycles along the refurbished roads, the paper said, adding it particularly perturbed Greek-Cypriots became it was released the day after the 38th anniversary of a declaration of Turkish-Cypriot Republic.

No other country apart from Turkey recognizes the self-declared government and the video saw the singer barraged with hate messages and insults after a story about it in The Cyprus Mail.

Some Greek-speaking users on social media criticized the clip, saying it was in poor taste and that it shows a lack of respect for the sensitive nature of the town, which has become emblematic of the island’s division, said the Turkish paper.

“Let the buildings fall on you, Cyprus is Greek,” were among the messages Elibol received, the report said, as Varosha has become a symbol of the failure of reunification efforts.

The ghost town was once the island’s top tourism destination but has been fenced off and empty since the 1974 invasion but the Turkish paper said the video was praised by Turks.

“I did not expect such a racist reaction from the Greek Cypriots. Varosha is a very beautiful and touristic place for shooting clips and movies,” Elibol said, adding that many Greeks also visited the area and that those who came were constantly taking photos and videos.

“I did not give a political message in my song, I just wanted Varosha to be known, and I did well,” she noted.


NICOSIA - Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides met with Pope Francis  at the Vatican where they talked about issues concerning migrants, many coming to the island, and also Israel’s war with Hamas terrorists.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.


Deck the White House Halls: Jill Biden Wants Holiday Visitors to Feel Like Kids Again (Vid & Pics)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Step inside the White House during the holidays by walking beneath the branches of a Christmas tree.

ATHENS — For decades, Britain and Greece were able to differ, largely politely, over the world's toughest cultural heritage dispute: What's the right place for some of the finest ancient Greek sculptures ever made, which have been displayed in London for more than 200 years but which Greece vocally wants back.

NEW YORK – George Papaeleas AHEPA Chapter 367 of Washington Heights Vice President and Chair of the 2023 Turkey Drive George Patsalos and Jeanne Palaigos and Vickie Adams Co-Chairs and Directors of the St.

It is said that to end a war, the warring parties must first exhaust themselves.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) hosts an in-person screening of Greece’s Oscar entries which compete for nominations in December - Asimina Proedrou’s top Iris Award-winner ‘Behind the Haystacks’ (Πίσω από τις Θημωνιές) and Thanasis Neofotistos’ multiple-award-winning short film ‘Air Hostess – 737’ - on Sunday, December 10, 5:30 PM, at the Gianopulos Family Theater at St.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.