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VOA Launches New Program for Africa


Washington, D.C., September 1, 2006 - On September 4, the Voice of America's (VOA) English to Africa Service will launch Inquiry, a 30-minute weekly discussion show that focuses on everyday life.

Inquiry is a lively interactive show designed to provide a forum to discuss the many day-to-day interests of VOA's African audience, said English to Africa Service Chief Sonya Laurence Green.

Ghanaian-born host Akwei Thompson will examine everything from where to find the best African cuisine, to African comedy and storytelling, to the impact of cell phones on modern life.

Inquiry will air each Monday at 1730 UTC and will also be available on-demand at www.voaafrica.com.

VOA's English to Africa news service broadcasts targeted programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to Anglophone Africa through shortwave, the Internet, and a growing list of more than 40 affiliates, including several 24-hour FM stations in Africa.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than100 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages.

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