The Day an African Dictator Crowned Himself Emperor

This rare video is in French, and if you do not speak French, please just be grateful that you do not have to hear the absurdity of this blasphemous affair. The images tell the story.

Bokassa is not very well known today because so many other despots in Africa have risen up since then to almost outdo him, but in the late 70s this was quite a big deal. I was 7 years old when it happened but I remember seeing it on the news while watching with my dad.

The book “Dark Age” by Brian Titley is very good. Pick it up on Amazon.

Enjoy Bokassa’s “coronation”: