Empress Catherine, wife of Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa, wearing a shimmering gold lame dress into which some 780,000 tiny pearls had been hand-sewn, at their coronation ceremony. Here, she is accompanied by eight maids of honor in fluffy white, pink and red dresses with large floppy hats, during the coronation ceremony. Also known as the "Cannibal King" it was rumored the Emperor served human flesh at the banquet when he crowned himself Emperor Bokassa I in a costly and colorful ceremony inspired by his idol, Napoleon Bonaparte, in the country’s capital of Bangui on December 4, 1977. Kenya’s renowned photojournalist, Mohamed Amin also known as “Six Camera Mo”, got exclusive images of Bokassa at his Coronation and also enjoyed the banquet! Mo Amin had to dress in tuxedo and top hat as anyone not dressed properly would have their ears cut off!! Probably to serve as appetizers!


  • Title: Empress Catherine
  • Creator: Mohamed Amin
  • Date Created: 1977
  • Location Created: Bangui, Central African Republic
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: Mohamed Amin / Camerapix

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