Michael Jackson was crowned prince of the Sanwi Kingdom of the Ivory Coast in Africa. His official title was Prince Michael Jackson Amalaman Anoh, and he was crowned after reportedly visiting the Sanwi Kingdom in 1992.
While visiting the village of Krindjabo in the Ivory Coast in 1992, Jackson allegedly underwent DNA testing that linked him to the royal Sanwi bloodline. The Sanwi territory covers the southeastern portion of the Ivory Coast. It is a rural rainforest region with dozens of villages and settlements, and its people are referred to as Agni or Ayni.
In 2009, when Jackson died, Sanwi residents held a funeral in Abidjan, the largest city in the Ivory Coast. King Amon N'Douff V led thousands in a parade to honor the late prince. For two days, locals came to pay respects, mourn and celebrate Jackson's life.
The organizers of the event asked the U.S. Embassy to have Jackson's body returned, making pleas through the international media. They believed that Jackson deserved a proper burial in a river, according to Agni tradition. The request, as expected, was denied, and Jackson's funeral went as planned in Los Angeles.
Nevertheless, the King of Pop was also enthroned king-in-waiting, an honor that adds yet another royal, albeit humbler, title to the pop star's legacy.