Jean-Bedel Bokassa

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Bokassa, Jean-Bedel

 

Born Feb. 22, 1921, in Bobangi. Statesman of the Central African Republic; brigadier general (since December 1967).

From 1939 to 1962, Bokassa served in the French Army. In 1960 he was appointed chief of the military cabinet in the office of the president of the Central African Republic. Since 1964 he has been chief of the armed forces general staff. Since Jan. 1, 1966, he has been president of the republic and head of government. He simultaneously holds (1970) the positions of minister of national defense, minister of information, and chief of the armed forces general staff and is head of the party Movement for Social Evolution in Black Africa. In July 1970 he made an official visit to the USSR.

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Following them were Norwegian band Bokassa, who are gearing up to release their sophomore album later this month.
Bokassa and Dublin band Fangclub have also been confirmed on the bill for the Co Meath gig next month.
Jean Bedel Bokassa of Central African Republic, Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, Mohammed Gadhafi of Libya, Mobutu Sese Seko of the Republic of Congo, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, General Sanni Abacha of Nigeria, Sergeant Doe of Liberia; Africa's historical landscape is replete with examples of rulers who ended ingloriously because of greed and megalomania resulting in a total disconnect with the reality of the nations they presided over.
A similar syndrome affected Milton Obote (Uganda), Hastings Banda (Malawi), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Daniel arap Moi (Kenya), the Emperor Bokassa (Central African Republic), Omar Bongo (Gabon), Felix Houphouet-Boigny (Ivory Coast) and many others.
Therefore, your Excellency, you have a choice to make between joining Africa's greatest sons and daughters - Nelson Mandela, Julius Nyerere, Thomas Sankara and Johnson Sirleaf - or the despotic sewer of Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo, Robert Mugabe, Mobutu Sese Seko, and Jean-Bedel Bokassa et al.
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Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, later disgraced for accepting personal gifts of diamonds from Central African Republic's self-declared Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa, bought uranium from the African state for France's nuclear industry.
A rather more recent coronation, which drew extensively on Napoleon's imagery, was that of Central African dictator Bokassa, who had himself crowned Emperor in December 1977.
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A stint in the Central African Republic with the US Peace Corps (this was back in the 70s, the time of the fearsome Bokassa), where he caught a mild case of malaria and "hung out with the Pygmies in their forest".