Monday, September 20, 2010
Today in African History
It was today in 1979 that the self-proclaimed Emperor Bokassa I of Central Africa was overthrown in a French-backed coup after a reign of just under three years. This would-be Napoleon of Africa still has his supporters but many more detractors due to the corruption and extravegance of his government (which of course is far from unique in Africa then or now). Yet, no matter your opinion most everyone can agree that he made life "interesting" in Central Africa for a few years and stands out as the only internationally recognized (that I know of) self-proclaimed emperor of the 20th Century.