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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the last African Union summit. There’s some radio history to contemplate, listener news, great music - and of course - the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


Hello everyone!

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club members! Andrew Read from Somerset in the UK and Muhammad Arshad Qureshi, the president of the International Radio Listeners Organization in Karachi, Pakistan. 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.

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This week’s quiz: On 17 February, I asked you a question about the African Union summit in Ethiopia, where RFI journalist Anne-Marie Bissada was on the ground reporting for you. I asked you to send in the three major issues which were discussed at the summit.

The answer is: South Sudan, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and reforms to the African Union.

The winners are: Shehla Shahzad from the RFI Pak France International Listeners Club in Sahiwal, Pakistan; Mrs Rokeya Khatun, the chairperson of the RFI Surfer’s Society Bangladesh in Dhaka; RFI Listeners Club member Muhammad Nasyr from Katsina State, Nigeria; Dr SS Bhattacharyya, the president of the Chaitak Listeners Club in Medinipur, India and Bernard Egbe from Abuja, Nigeria.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Rimsky-Korsakov: Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050, (1st movement), performed by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”; Blues Busters: “Wings Of A Dove”.

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 30 April to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 5 May program. 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

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92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux



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