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  • 06:14:43 pm on March 16, 2010 | 0
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    African teen king lives dual life

    Fort Portal, Uganda (CNN) — At first glance, he looks like any other 17-year-old.

    He bobs his head to rapper Jay-Z, plays video games and reads the “Twilight” vampire books. When he’s not doing homework, he kicks a soccer ball in his backyard.

    Yet looks can be deceiving.

    People in this corner of western Uganda know the young man as King Oyo, one of the world’s youngest ruling monarchs. The teen king rules over more than 2 million people in the Tooro kingdom, one of four kingdoms in Uganda that conjure images of pre-colonial Africa.

    King Oyo lives for part of the year in a palace perched on a hill in Fort Portal, a place where bicycles stacked with bananas race past ramshackle huts in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain. He also has a palace in the bustling Ugandan capital, Kampala, where he studies at a private school while soldiers stand guard.

    read more http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/03/16/uganda.teen.king/index.html?hpt=C1

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