Saturday morning radio
3 March 2000
MaryBeth McKenzie is an information officer for the Candian office of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), currently visiting the MSF projects in Sierra Leone. These accounts are from her journal reports of her experiences in the field.
'Radio Free Sierra Leone'
Saturday Morning listening, The Jambo Show, 98.1 FM
Sierra Leone, West Africa
Radio is extremely popular in Freetown. Transistor radios held right
beside people's ears are
a familiar sight in the streets. So, what are people are listening to? Out
of the three commercial radio stations in Freetown, on Saturday mornings,
the 'Jambo' show is the station on the dial. Part advertisement, part
entertainment this very popular broadcast comes to its audience in a not so
delicate balance of English and Creole.
The call-in talk and music show
features a 'quiz show' and, although correct answers will not win the
participant a million dollars US, the prizes sponsored by local merchants
are much desired.
How well would you do? Here are a few from questions from March 25, 2000.
QUESTION 1 : What are the three principle cash crops in Sierra
and in what regions do they grow?
ANSWER: coffee - in the eastern
provinces; cacao - in the eastern provinces; cassava - in Bo district
PRIZE : 2000 leones (approximately. $1 Canadian, 70¢ US, 50
pence UK) for transportation and a fried chicken and shwarma dinner
Question 2 : What is the meaning of 'DVD'?
PRIZE: One Hollywood VHS tape.
Question 3: Name the name of a town in Asia is the name of a human being in person in Africa and name five basic human needs.
ANSWER: Stay tuned. No one won the prize, so the question will be
held over until next week. (The callers responses were: water, air,
shelter, sunlight, food, clothing)
PRIZE: One gallon of paint.