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Meet The African Warlord Who Spent $22 Million For His Coronation Ceremony

Jean-Bedel Bokassa has been dead for 18 years, but his lavish spending during his reign as emperor of the Central African Republic, will never go down in history.

Jean-Bédel Bokassa was born on 22 February, 1921 in Central African Republic. Bokassa was a Central African political and military leader who ruled as an Emperor and the second president of the Central African Republic.

Bokassa came to power in a coup in 1965 and ruled ruthlessly, torturing and killing political rivals. The self acclaimed president was considered as a dictator during his reign, who killed lot of his country people. 

But being a president wasn't enough for Basakka, as he further proclaimed himself as the emperor of his country. He also renamed the country to "Central African Empire". He attempted to justify his actions by claiming that creating a monarchy would help Central Africa stand out from the rest of the continent, and earn the world’s respect.

His full title was "Emperor of Central Africa by the will of the Central African people, united within the national political party, the MESAN" - Wikipedia

In preparation for his coronation, Bokassa set up two committees for the successful of his coronation. One was in charged of accomodation for his invited guests. The other one was in charged of making the capital look beautiful, especially those areas that would be involved in the coronation ceremonies.

According to WIKIPEDIA, the coronation was estimated to cost him around $22 million (a one third of his country's annual budget).

Although, France paid for most of the money, as it had promised to do in return for Centrafrique’s break with Libya and for its rich uranium deposits.

Unfortunately, most of his invitees boycotts his coronations. His coronation will always be remembered for his lavish spending.

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