The Central African Republic is still scarred by the deeds of the Emperor Bokassa
who ruled in the 1970s.
And then there was Jean-Bedel Bokassa, president of the Central African Republic, later known as Emperor Bokassa
I of the Central African Empire.
Older readers may remember the 14-year rule of Jean Bedel Bokassa who started as a colonel and translated himself into Emperor Bokassa
in 1972, with a coronation designed to rival that of his hero, Napoleon.
American aid to President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, French aid to Emperor Bokassa
of the Central African Republic, and Soviet aid to Mengistu Haile Miriam in Ethiopia are examples.
But you DO see blokes like the late Emperor Bokassa
and Idi Amin, Indonesian despots and South American dictators brilliant in braid, plated with medals, their military used only to oppress their own people.
Try these for size: The most expensive pair of shoes ever commissioned were for the emperor Bokassa
of the then Central African Empire.
When I first heard that former French President, Valery Giscard D'Estaing, pal of the cannibal Emperor Bokassa
, was to be its chief architect, I had my doubts.
His earliest images were produced in a period of coups, violence, political instability, and the brutal reign and deposition of the self-declared emperor Bokassa
Was President Clinton to Nawaz Sharif what Valery Giscard D'estaing, the former French president, was to Emperor Bokassa
of the Central African Empire?
He was ousted in a French-backed coup in 1979 after a bizarre rule that included proclaiming himself Emperor Bokassa
I three years earlier.
, president for life and later the emperor of the Central African Republic from 1966 to 1979, was probably the most bizarre leader to have ever existed on the African continent.
He was President of France, renowned for his arrogance and pomposity and for readily accepting diamonds from the vile Emperor Bokassa
of the Central African Republic.