Swaziland changes its name to ‘eSwatini’

Africa’s last absolute monarchy, Swaziland, has changed its name to eSwatini, meaning the “place of the Swazi”.

The change of name was announced by King Mswati III during celebrations marking the leader’s birthday as well as the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain

“I would like to announce that Swaziland will now revert to its original name,” King Mswati III said.

“African countries on getting independence reverted to their ancient names before they were colonised. So from now on the country will be officially be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini,” the French news agency AFP quoted him as saying.

eSwatini, as its now known, is a tiny landlocked nation in southern Africa.

Correspondents say the name “Swaziland” angered some citizens as it was a mix of Swazi and English – Swazi (the Swazi people) and land.

The country’s king, crowned in the mid 1980s as a teenager, rules by decree.

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