Chic African Culture

Southern African Country Swaziland renamed eSwatini

The Southern African Country of Swaziland no longer exists, King Mswati III renamed Swaziland eSwatini.


The monarch Mswati II announced the official change in a stadium during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence. He explained that the name had caused some confusion, stating,"Whenever we go abroad, people refer to us as Switzerland."



King Mswati III of eSwatini
King Mswati III of eSwatini addressing the UN

The King gave no reason for the name change except Swaziland’s new name is easier for foreigners to pronounce. How do you pronounce eSwatini well say ea-swa-tea-knee, pronounce the short e in eSwatini like the letter e in bed.

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eSwatini

eSwatini Facts


Africa’s last absolute monarch, King Mswati III, rules the nearly 1.5 million Swazi of eSwatini in South Africa.

"Land of the Swazi" people; the name "Swazi" derives from 19th century King MSWATI II, under whose rule Swazi territory was expanded and unified.

Mbabane is the capital and largest city.

At an estimated 26.9 percent, eSwatini has the highest HIV prevalence rate in the world.

Music and dance are entrenched in traditional Swazi culture, the Umhlanga or Reed Dance and Incwala are popular traditional ceremonies.

There are traditional songs for every occasion: weddings, royal rituals, coming-of-age ceremonies, and national festivals.

Sibhaca dance is the best-known dance in eSwatini.

In eSwatini, women, who under traditional Swazi law are treated like children and are in effect owned by their husbands or fathers, are expected to live lives devoted to their men and families.

King Mswati III currently has 15 wives; his predecessor, his father had 125.

Swazi ethnic group account for 84 percent of the population.

King Mswati III of eSwatini and one of his 15 wives
King Mswati III of eSwatini and one of his 15 wives

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