In Libreville, the capital of Gabon, Emperor Bokassa the First of the Central African Empire was a special guest of President Omar Bongo last weekend (11 March) at several celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of the founding of Gabon's one political party....
EXTERIOR MV: President Omar Bongo of Gabon (on left) seated next to Emperor Bokassa I of Central African Empire listening to military band in Libreville, PAN TO Mrs Bongo.
GVs: military band playing (2 shots)
MV: audience listening
MVs: Emperor Bokassa and Mrs Bongo listening and applauding
GV: crow applauding
GV: tractors and construction vehicles at exhibition in Libreville ZOOM IN TO fork-lift truck suspended from crane.
MV, PAN: President Bongo and Emperor Bokassa touring exhibition.
GV PAN: tractors on display
GV PAN: crowds inside tent looking at exhibition
MV PAN: Dancers in Libreville square.
MV PAN: President Bongo arrives for unveiling of his statue.
MV: statue unveiled
MV ZOOM INTO CU: President Bongo looking at statue.
MV: statue PAN TO President Bongo
MV PULL BACK TO GV
GV: statue PAN DOWN TO President Bongo posing with Emperor Bokassa for photos
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Background: In Libreville, the capital of Gabon, Emperor Bokassa the First of the Central African Empire was a special guest of President Omar Bongo last weekend (11 March) at several celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of the founding of Gabon's one political party....the President's Gabonese Democratic Party.
SYNOPSIS: One of the celebrations was mass rally, at which Emperor Bokassa sat between President Bongo and his wife.
Before the official speeches, a band, formed from members of the Presidential Guard, entertained the large crowd which had gathered in Libreville's main stadium.
Emperor Bokassa, who is the only head of state on the African continent to hold an imperial title, had arrived in Gabon the day before.
The two leaders' next engagement was an official visit to an Industrial exhibition which included practical examples of the economic progress Gabon has made since President Bongo took office
In his ten years in power, President Bongo has concentrated on the rapid development of Gabon. Now, with the third-highest income per person in Africa, Gabon is one of the most economically successful countries on the continent. Most of the country's wealth comes from her rich mineral resources of uranium, manganese and oil. Large deposits of iron ore are also known to exist.
Later the same day Gabonese dancers performed a traditional welcome at the start of another anniversary celebration.
The occasion this time was the unveiling of a statue of President Bongo.
The statue was erected to record President Bongo's part in the setting up of the Gabonese Democratic Party, the party that he has led since 1968.
President Bongo has also been active on the international front. He is currently chairman of the Organisation of African Unity, a post he was elected to last year.
After the unveiling, the president joined Emperor Bokassa in front of his stone likeness for the traditional photographs.