Monarch Renames Africa's Swaziland, Citizens Worried More About National Economy

Swaziland now eSwatini King renames Africa's last absolute monarchy

Swaziland takes new name for its king's 50th birthday - eSwatini

Unlike many other former British dominions in Africa, Swaziland did not change its name after gaining independence, in 1968.

Swaziland's King Mswati III announced that he was renaming the country "the Kingdom of eSwatini".

Many African countries upon independence 'reverted to their ancient, native names, ' he said.

"We no longer shall be called Swaziland from today forward", the Associated Press quoted the king as having said.

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King Makhosetive Dlamini says the name change is a sign that the country is reasserting its own identity.

While speaking with reporters on her last day in Swaziland, Tsai explained Taiwan's unique way of managing its relationship with Africa, which heavily emphasizes cooperation with its two diplomatic allies on the continent, Swaziland and Burkina Faso. The King said Swaziland's name can often be confused with the country Switzerland. He had been referring to Swaziland as eSwatini for years before calling it official earlier this week.

Dancers celebrate the nation's 50th birthday earlier this week. However, the country held on to the name given to them.

In the country's local language, eSwatini means "land of the Swazis". The country is home to more than 1.4 million people.

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The name Swaziland is said to anger some citizens because it is a mix of Swazi and English.

He also said the move comes as a way to avoid confusion with another nation very far away: "Whenever we go overseas, people refer to us as Switzerland", King Mswati said. The king has used it on many previous occasions, including his address to the UN General Assembly a year ago.

The king, who wore a red and black military uniform and rode in an open vehicle into the stadium, said he wanted his country to have a name people could identify with. Bechuanaland took the name Botswana, Basutoland renamed itself Lesotho, and Nyasaland became Malawi.

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