Saturday 29 June 2013
The birth of nations
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By Susan Owensby

Are you one of this week’s lucky winners? Are you ready to try your luck on today’s quiz question? Click on that little “Listen” arrow above, and join in!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday, at 4:52, 6:22, and 7:52 universal time. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and the week’s quiz question, along with all the other ingredients you have grown accustomed to: your letters and essays, “On This Day,” quirky facts and news, interviews, and great music … so be sure you tune in every Saturday.

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Did you know there is such a thing as an official RFI club? Up until now, they have always been French clubs, but now we want to open them up to all our listeners... and open up we have! There are already seven brand new official RFI Clubs: in Kisii, Kenya, started by Mogire Machuki; in Dhaka, Bangladesh, started by Wali Ahad; and in Holguin, Cuba, started by Ivan Carralero. There are four new RFI clubs in India: in Murshidabad with Mr Najimuddin as president; in Medinipur with Dr. SS Bhattacharya at the helm; in Hyderabad/Miryalguda headed up by Mrs. P Sreelatha Reddy, and Sandeep Jawale has created an RFI Club in Maharashtra. Welcome one and all!

What about you?  You can either transform your existing radio club into an RFI Club, or create a brand new one. Then, anytime you plan special events – be they humanitarian, cultural, health, environmental or sports-oriented – RFI will help you with ideas and free promotional items for your members. If you are interested in either changing your radio club into an RFI club, or if you would like to create a brand-new RFI club, the first step is to read the RFI Club Charter:

If you are willing to abide by the Charter, write to my colleagues in the Listener Relations Department and let them know. They’ll help you with the rest of the process.

Sébastien Bonijol
Chrystelle Nammour

RFI – Relations Auditeurs
80, rue Camille-Desmoulins
92130, Issy-les-Moulineaux

This leads me to another item of interest: the RFI Listeners Club. Our Listener Relations department has decided that everyone can belong to the RFI Listeners Club, but you will only be issued a membership number, not an identity card. Only members of an official RFI Club will have identity cards. As an RFI Listeners Club member, you will still win a premium prize if you win a Sound Kitchen quiz. So no reason not to join – although having an official RFI Club is really far cooler.

If you only want to be a member of the general RFI Listeners Club, that’s great, too! Just send me (or Sébastien and Chrystelle) your full name, your postal mailing address, and if you have one, your e-mail address. You’ll receive an RFI Listeners Club number; include that number every time you enter a quiz, and if you are a winner, you’ll get a premium prize!

Nota bene: The RFI Listeners Club used to be called “Club 9516.” So if you are a member of the “Club 9516,” you are already a member of the RFI Listeners Club. Your “Club 9516” membership number still works – no need to reapply. Just include your membership number on your quiz entries.

Look at that beautiful link to the Sound Kitchen Listeners Cookbook! I’m very happy about it, and I hope you enjoy looking at it – and trying out some recipes. Please feel free to send in any comments you have, and we would love it if you’d send in photos – both of you, and of your completed dish. Don’t hesitate to use the “zoom” tool on countries where there are a lot of forks; that will separate them so you can read the titles more easily. Click on the title, and the recipe will appear.

Today’s question was read on 25 May, the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity, the OAU. The name of the OAU was changed in 2002 to the African Union, but the primary aim of both the Organisation of African Unity and the African Union remained the same: “to promote unity and solidarity between the African countries and the people of Africa.”

There were 33 countries that signed the original OAU charter 50 years ago, and I asked you to send in the names of at least 12 of those original member countries.

And the answer is: Algeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Léopoldville) – now Democratic Republic of Congo - Dahomey – now Benin - Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast or Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, The Sudan, Tanganyika and Zanzibar – those two countries merged in 1964 and are now Tanzania - Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, and Upper Volta - now Burkina Faso.

The winners are: Nasir Abdul Ghaffar, from Lahore, Pakistan; Mrs Liza, from Naogaon, Bangladesh; RFI Listeners Club member Comrade S I C Anusionwu from Serekunda, The Gambia; Miriam Samanya from Iganga, Uganda, and Keith A. Simmonds, from Rodez, France.

Congratulations, winners!

This week’s question is about Nelson Mandela. I want you to write in with the name he is fondly called by South Africans. Here’s a hint: it’s his Xhosa clan name.

Send in your answer by 19 August, and be sure and tune in on 24 August to see if you are one of the lucky winners! As always, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer … and, if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
BP 9516
75016 Paris


By SMS … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen cell phone!

Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Remember, it’s not just the quiz that wins you a prize. If your essay goes on the air, you’ll find a package in the mail from the Sound Kitchen. Write in about your community heroes – the people in your community who are quietly working to make the world a better place, in whatever way they can. I am still looking for your “This I Believe” essays, too. Tell us about the principles that guide your life … what you have found to be true from your very own personal experience. Or write in with your most memorable moment, and/or your proudest achievement. If your essay is chosen to go on-the-air – read by you – you’ll win an RFI radio!

Send your mini book reviews, your musical requests, your secret “guilty” pleasure (mine’s chocolate!), your tricks for remembering things, your favourite quotations and proverbs, descriptions of the local festivals you participate in, your weirdest dream, or just your general all-around thoughts to:

Include a phone number, so I can call you.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

All the best,


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