• Short Summary

    AFTER FIVE MONTHS OF ELABORATE PREPARATIONS, THOUSANDS OF IVORY COASTS RESIDENTS LAST WEEK TOOK PART IN FUNERAL CELEBRATIONS FOR THE AUNT OF PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY.

  • Description

    AFTER FIVE MONTHS OF ELABORATE PREPARATIONS, THOUSANDS OF IVORY COASTS RESIDENTS LAST WEEK TOOK PART IN FUNERAL CELEBRATIONS FOR THE AUNT OF PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY. THE CELEBRATIONS COST THE EQUIVALENT OF STERLING GBP285,000 (800,000 U.S. DOLLARS), AND LASTED FOR TEN DAYS.

    THE LAVISHLY EXPENSIVE FUNERAL WAS IN THE BEST IVORY COAST TRADITION.

    ALTHOUGH THE PRESIDENT'S AUNT - MADAME KIMOU M'BRA DIED IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR, CUSTOM DECREED THAT NO BURIAL COULD TAKE PLACE UNTIL FULL PREPARATIONS HAD BEEN MADE.

    AND IN THIS INSTANCE, SINCE MME. M'BRA WAS THE LAST OF THREE ROYAL SISTERS THE WHOLE COUNTRY TOOK A PART.

    LOCAL BELIEF IS THAT WHEN A PERSON DIES ONE HALF OF THE BODY REMAINS ON EARTH WHILE ITS REPLICA GOES TO JOIN ITS ANCESTORS. BUT THE SECOND HALF WILL ALSO REMAIN EARTHBOUND UNTIL SATISFIED THAT THE FUNERAL WAS A SUCCESS.

    IF THE FUNERAL DOES NOT DO JUSTICE TO THE DECEASED, VILLAGES COULD BE HAUNTED AND BAD LUCK COULD FOLLOW. PREPARATIONS FOR MME. M'BRA, THEREFORE, TOOK FIVE MONTHS AND CELEBRATIONS WERE SPREAD OVER TEN DAYS.

    THE PRESIDENTS OF MALI AND NIGER, THE LOCAL DIPLOMATIC AND FOREIGN COMMUNITY, AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE IVORY COAST GOVERNMENT JOINED IN THE EATING AND DRINKING.

    APPROXIMATELY 10,000 PEOPLE WERE FED EACH DAY OF THE CELEBRATIONS, AND WHISKY, CHAMPAGNE AND RED WINE FLOWED.

    MME. M'BRA WAS BURIED IN THE FAMILY TOMB IN THE SACRED FOREST AT YAMOUSSOKRO, PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY'S BIRTHPLACE.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAY11ATMXEHBRX0JFE4VSKRXQG
    Media URN:
    VLVAAY11ATMXEHBRX0JFE4VSKRXQG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment