Thursday, January 28, 2010

RIP Bokassa

Bokassa, the ludicrously voluble volleyball player (how many times did he yell at me for missing the ball or pinging it off the pitch? I lost count) and alleged son of the ex-emperor, was the first Central African soldier to die when the rebels attacked Ndele two months ago. He drove the rocket launcher-mounted truck, which the rebels hoped to capture. I can't help but wonder if his bad temper contributed in some way to his demise.


  1. I am so sorry to hear this news. The Bokassa Family are such nice people.

  2. No one could confirm whether he was an actual blood relation. More likely a sobriquet meant to refer to his toughness and temper.

    I met an actual Bokassa son when I visited the old family palace, and he was a charming man who sells wild pepper collected by Pygmies as a luxury item in Switzerland.