The Films, Books and Expeditions of John L. Brom
Chapter 3: Royal Foumban and Unexpected Dangers
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ROYAL FOUMBAN AND UNEXPECTED DANGERS
When the expedition arrived in Foumban, a lovely stone house awaited them, courtesy of the Sultan Seydou, uncle of Prince Arouna, who was the royal host in absence of the Prince. The house consisted of several bedrooms, and more importantly included the luxury of bathrooms! Three subjects of the sultan even provided domestic services, including cooking. The air in Foumban was pure, and mild breezes caressed the leaves of nearby palm trees; thus conditions for shooting were most favorable.
Brom visited the sultan in private audience to discuss the extent of assistance he could expect. He was pleased to hear that for two days all the sultan’s subjects would be available for filming. On Brom’s request, a simulated welcome by the sultan and his nobles would be organized before the old royal palace with all the pomp and mass presence of his subjects. Clearly, the sultan was determined to show off the superior lifestyle of his sultanate and Bamoun culture.
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