The Romanian woman Ceaușescu gave as a gift to an African dictator: the fantastic story, from cannibals to Securitate

Legend has it that Nicolae Ceausescu gave a Romanian dancer as a gift to an African dictator. It was even said that the African dictator was a cannibal and that the young woman was a spy sent by the Securitate.

It is true that in Africa, at that time, Ceaușescu was well regarded, and the relationship between the Romanian dictator and Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the president of the Central African Republic at the time, was close.

For reference, the leader Jean-Bedel Bokassa, a military leader, became president of the Central African Republic following a coup. He then proclaimed himself emperor of Central Africa.

During one of the official reciprocal visits the two dictators made to each other in 1973, Bokassa set his sights on a Romanian woman, a dancer in a folklore group. In addition to the 11 wives he already had at home, Bokassa also wanted Gabriela Drâmbă, whom he asked Ceaușescu directly.

Ceausescu with Jean-Bedel Bokassa Source:

The President of the Central African Republic allegedly proposed to Ceaușescu to deliver the Romanian woman to him “to take away”, in his country, promising, in exchange, as in a genuine barter, 10% of the country’s diamond production.

Ceaușescu char made a “gift” of the Romanian to the African leader

“Ceaușescu made a gift to please Bokassa. He liked a young girl from one of our dance groups, because folkloric groups used to go to those countries. Bokassa wanted her for his harem. And our secretaries were ordered to persuade the girl. It worked, they convinced her”, said university professor Lavinia Betea to EVZ Capital “Secret History”.

Emperor Bokassa with his wife, Gabriela Drâmbă

In the end, it seems that the dancer Gabriela gave Bokassa another child in addition to the more than 30 officially recognised children given birth to by his other wives.

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Gabriela Drâmbă

However, the love story between the two did not last. So, after only two years of marriage, the two divorced. Just a year after the divorce, Bokassa was removed from power and sent into exile.

For reference, today Gabriela lives in Bucharest and has spoken repeatedly about her marriage to the African dictator. Gabriela claims that the silly rumours and accusation of cannibalism are completely unfounded. She also denied the scenario that she was a spy for the Securitate, put there by former dictator Ceausescu to spy on the African leader.

She also denied that she was a dancer: “I was never a dancer. I don’t even know how to dance. I was a French and English translator and I was not a member of the Party. After Bokassa visited Romania, I went there with a folklore ensemble. There was some kind of celebration there”, Gabriela Drâmbă told

“Until I arrived in the capital Bangui, I hadn’t seen him. It was there that I met my ex-husband for the first time. I was not there as a companion but, I repeat, as a translator. For Bokassa, two other girls had been sent to “pack”, two dancers: one Mariana and one Claudia!”, added Gabriela Drâmbă, according to the same source.

She says she was “persuaded” by the Securitate to marry the African emperor in Bangui (Central Africa): “I don’t want to say more, but I was marked for the rest of my life. It wasn’t my choice, I was forced! Ceaușescu also called me to him. There’s no point in saying what we discussed. I didn’t say goodbye to my fiancé or my family.”

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The fruit of this marriage, Anne de Berengo Bokassa, born on 6 September 1976, now lives in France, where she is a manager of heritage buildings and a trade union leader in the General Confederation of Labour. His only media appearances are related to his role as a negotiator in several local strikes.

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