Joseph Kahongo and Ange Joël Agbla, 2023 winners of the Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon Scholarship

Joseph Kahongo and Ange Joel Agbla 2023 winners of the

Ten years to the day after the assassination of our colleagues in Kidal, in the north of Mali, the names of the two laureates who won the Scholarship Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were announced during a ceremony organized in Abidjan, this 2 november. The Congolese Joseph Kahongo is rewarded in the journalist category and the Beninese Ange Joël Agbla in the technician category. They were chosen unanimously by the jury. Presentation.

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Joseph Kahongo, 27, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), holds a degree in journalism from the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences at the University of Lubumbashi. He is currently a journalist, presenter and reporter at Malaika radio and television, in Lubumbashi.

He produced a report on the consumption of “Gaddafi cocktails”, a mixture of alcohol and drugs, and on the consequences of this practice.

A deadly mixture, the painkiller Tramadol and an alcoholic drink Vody, is wreaking havoc in Ivory Coast. Nicknamed Gaddafi, this toxic cocktail highlights the scale of the problem of drug consumption. According to a study by the council of organizations fighting drug abuse in Côte d’Ivoire, a study carried out in 2018 in 87 schools among 15 to 17 year olds, 12.7% of the students questioned declared having consumed a painkiller at “non-medical” purposes. In the fight against the stigmatization of drug users, support NGOs play a crucial role in establishing dialogue between drug addicts and society, particularly in the Ivorian economic capital.

Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon Scholarship: NGOs on the front line in the fight against Gaddafi drugs, by Joseph Kahongo

The jury praised “ a nice progression in the reporting, a very good mixing as well as the sensitivity and professional rigor of the author’s work “.

This subject brings hope by leading the listener into care centers and to patients who have been cured.

Ange Joël Agbla, 23, is originally from Benin. He has completed several technical training courses at the University of Abomey-Calavi, at CFH Production, and at the Benin Radio and Television Office (ORTB). He is currently a technician at Radio Univers in Abomey-Calavi.

His all-audio report takes listeners to discover a chicken farm and the working conditions of its employees.

In the Ivorian economic capital, the consumption of chicken is very widespread. But before this poultry lands on consumers’ plates, breeders must follow a precise procedure for their breeding. Report from a chicken production farm.

Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon Scholarship: discovering a chicken farm and the working conditions of its employees, by Ange Joël Agbla

The jury praised “ the quality of the mixing and ambient sounds which immerse the listener in the heart of a breeding farm, as well as the professionalism and sensitivity of the work “.

Ange Joël Agbla and Jean-Marc Four, director of RFI.

Joseph Kahongo and Ange Joël Agbla will benefit from four-week training in Paris, fully supported, during the first quarter of 2024.

More than 300 applications received

This tenth edition of the Stock Exchange open to the 25 French-speaking African countries* was organized this year in Ivory Coast. More than 330 applications were received this year, and 20 young professionals selected (10 reporting technicians and 10 journalists) from 12 countries. All benefited from training in the premises of RTI (Radiodiffusion Télévision ivoirienne), partner of this edition, provided for two weeks by Rachel Locatelli, head of training at RFI, and Muriel Pomponne, journalist at RFI and editor-in-chief foreign languages.

At the end of the training, the journalist candidates were asked to produce a report on the theme “Dialogue and tolerance” while the technician candidates prepared a subject around economic activities in Côte d’Ivoire.

The jury was chaired by Jean-Marc Four, director of RFI, and composed of Cécile Mégie, director of transversal editorial strategies and cooperation at France Médias Monde, Germaine Boni, editor-in-chief of the Ivorian daily Brotherhood MorningYves Rocle, former journalist at RFI, Benjamin Avayou, deputy head of mobile and video resources at RFI, Bineta Diagne, permanent special correspondent of RFI in Abidjan, M’Ma Camara, regional coordinator of France 24, Vincent Hugeux, senior reporter and teacher at the Sciences Po School of Journalism, and Stéphanie Rabourdin, deputy director of the INA Campus General Directorate.

The two trainers, Muriel Pomponne and Rachel Locatelli, also attended the deliberation sessions.

*Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Mauritania, Niger, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Seychelles , Chad, Togo, Tunisia and Rwanda.