Swaziland’s King Mswati III says he is renaming the country as the Kingdom of Eswatini in commemoration of the nation’s 50th independence anniversary which coincided with his own 50th birthday.
The monarch announced the official change of the southern african country’s name at Golden Jubilee celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence. The king, known as Ngwenyama or “the lion”, is known for his many wives and for his adherence to traditional dress.
Swaziland, a Commonwealth member, got her independence from South Africa on September 6, 1968, and it maintains absolute monarchy, supported by a 1975 constitution. King Mswati III was born about five months earlier on April 19, 1968.