Jean-Bédel Bokassa was a military officer and head of state of the Central African Republic from his coup on 1 January 1966. But being President was not enough so in 1976 he declared himself Emperor of the nation, which was renamed. Central African Empire.
Bokassa attempted to justify his actions by claiming that creating a monarchy would help Central Africa to "stand out" from the rest of the continent and earn the respect of the world.
The throne was fixed on December 4, 1977, the 173th anniversary of Napoleon's coronation, which is why Bokassa chose this date. Meanwhile, the Empire was mobilizing every resource to ensure the success of the coronation. Special committees were formed to oversee various aspects of the work.
The committee in charge of accommodation had the task of finding suitable rooms for an estimated 2,500 foreign guests. To this end began to commandeer apartments, houses and hotels for the festive period, renovating them in a suitable way.