From Swaziland to eSwatini

Written by  McDonald Chiwayula

The King of Swaziland has renamed the country’s name to Kingdom of eSwatini. King Mswati III who ascended to the throne at the age of 18 in 1986 made the announcement during that country’s independence

celebrations marking 50 years of independence from the British rule.

Mswati III changed the country's name Mswati III changed the country's name

The independence celebrations ran concurrently with the monarch’s birthday. Delivering his speech at a fully packed sports stadium in Manzini, the King said it was time to revert to the original name of the country that truly reflected their cultural identity.

“I would like to announce that we are reverting to our original name ,” the King said according to AFP News.

Mswati further said as more African countries are got independence from colonial rule they changed their names to reflect the dawn of a new dispensation and Swaziland was still using a name that did not augur well with their culture.

"African countries on getting independence reverted to their ancient names before they were colonised. So from now on the country will officially be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini," he added.

The new name Eswatini means land of swazis, the previous name, Swaziland, angered some citizens in the country saying it was just imposed on them by colonialists and it was a mix of Swazi and English.

The name Swaziland angered some citizens as it is a mix of Swazi and English. Swaziland was a British Protectorate from 1900s till 1968 when the country got its full independence. It has a population of approximately 1.3 million people.


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