Where in the World: Eswatini

I was so annoyed, I didn’t remember this country, I decided it was only right, I should do a post on it, to try and cement it in my head.

  1. You might know Esawtini, from his former previous English name Swaziland (officialy renamed in 2018) It is boardered by Mozambique to its northeast and South Africa to its north, south, west and northwest. It is one of the smallest countries in Africa
  2. It has Africa’s last absoloute monarchy and one of the last few in the world, meaning the Monarch King Mswati III has absoulte power
  3. Not only can you find the big five, lion, leapoard, rhino, elephant and buffalo, it is one of the very few countries where you can find both black and white rhinos
  4. The two main cultural events are the Incwala in December and the Umhlanga in August, although since during critisim about the Umhlanga, which is traditionally for young unmarried girls and women, it is insisted it is mainly to preserve it for cultural reasons
  5. The kings are polygamous, King Mswati III has 15 wives and his father Sobhuza II had 70
  6. There were no prisons before 1968, not because there was no crimes, anyone who commited a serious crime, was taken up to the top of Nyonyane Mountain and thrown off
  7. It is host to one of the best festivals in the world MTN Bushfire fest
  8. It holds the titles for the world’s youngest Crowned King. King Mswati III was 18 when he took the throne and his father ruled for the longest, almost 83 years
  9. It has the 12th lowest life expectancy in the world at 58 years old, this could be because HIV/AIDS is so widespread here, it is estimated 26% of the population have this.
  10. Dance is so important, here is a couple of clips of the Incwala

Do you come from Eswatini? If so come say Sawubona

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3 Responses to Where in the World: Eswatini

  1. Carol anne says:

    Waves hi to anyone who is from this country! A big hello from little old ireland!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Simon says:

    That was interesting…

    Liked by 1 person

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