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Papua New Guinea: 98 percent vote in favour of independence

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the island region which just voted for independence from Papua New Guinea. There’s listener news, great music – and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy!


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This week’s quiz: On 21 December, I asked you about the “birth of a nation”: earlier that month, the citizens of a group of islands in the Pacific voted overwhelmingly for independence from Papua New Guinea. You were to send me the name of that region.  

The answer is: Bougainville. Bougainville Island is the largest of the several islands and atolls which make up the region. Today’s capital is the island Buka, though there is speculation that Arawa will become the permanent capital.

Bougainville has huge mineral wealth, so there’s no mystery as to why Papua New Guinea doesn’t want to let go. The population of the region is around 250,000 people. And 98 percent of them voted for independence!

The winners are: Ras Franz Manko Ngogo, the president of the Kemogemba RFI Club in Tarime, Mara, Tanzania; Tasneem Saleh from Nilphamari, Bangladesh; Arundhati Mukherjee from West Bengal, India; Nomula Srinivas Rao from Hyderabad, India and Sunita Mainali from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program:“Gnid” by Tadd Dameron, performed by the Chet Baker Trio; traditional bamboo band music from Bougainville; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “Favela” by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vincicius DeMoraes and Ray Gilbert, performed by Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’65 and “French African Queen”, written and sung by Gregory Porter.

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