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The idealists won!

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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. There’s an RFI Listener Bouquet, some great get-up-and-dance music, and of course - the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sound Kitchen. You can catch the programme on-the-air every Saturday at 6:15, 7:15, 14:45 and 16:45 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 and tune in every Saturday.

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members!  Isidore Kimera from Kampala, Uganda; Heimer Sia from Manila, Philippines, and Omar Darboe from Banjul, The Gambia. So glad you have joined us!

You too can be a member of the RFI Listeners Club – just write me at and tell me you want to join, and I’ll send you a membership number. It’s that easy.

RFI Clubs, take note: As most of you know, Chrystelle in the Listener Relations department has gone off to pursue new adventures, but before she left she urged Sebastien and I to challenge you to a Club Contest. We decided on a humorous photography competition. This is what you have to do: take a photo of your entire club membership with the RFI banner, doing something in the kitchen, or something to do with cooking … and … make us laugh! So put on your silly thinking caps, get out your pots and pans or whatever you choose, and get all your club members in the photo with the RFI banner … and take a funny picture! You'll recieve an official notice soon with all the details, but you can start thinking about it now.

A warm welcome to Audrey Iattoni (, who is your new contact person for all RFI Club business. Remember to copy me ( when you write her, so that I stay in the loop too!

This week’s quiz: On 7 October, I asked you about the Nobel Peace Prize which had been announced the previous day. You were to send in the name of the organization which won, as well as their mission.

The answer is: The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or Ican. Ican - which was formed by a group of young activists in Australia in 2007 – is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. The campaign helped bring about this treaty, which was adopted in New York on 7 July 2017.

The Nobel committee cited Ican for: “its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

The winners are: RFI Listeners Club members Muhammad Nasyr from Katsina State, Nigeria; Hans Verner Lollike from Hedehusene, Denmark; Jean Forget from Attelboro, Massachusetts; Jean-Maurice Devault from Montreal, Canada, and Ibrahim Umar Abdulkarim from Kano State, Nigeria. Ibrahim sent his answer via text to the Sound Kitchen mobile phone … you can do that, too! Just dial + 33 6 31 12 96 82 and start typing.  

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: John Lennon: “Imagine”; Rimsky-Korsakov: The “Flight of the Bumblebee”; Vishal Dadlani / Niranjan Iyengar: “Chammak Challo”, sung by Akon..

Have a musical request? Write me and let me know!

This week’s question: You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 27 November to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 2 December program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

To find out how you can win a special Sound Kitchen prize click here

To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club click here


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