Swaziland has now become ‘The Kingdom of eSwatini, which means “land of the Swazis”.
The King announced the official change at the Golden Jubilee celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Country’s independence.
The celebrations also marked the king’s 50th birthday. The southern African nation is an absolute monarchy.
The king, is known for his many wives and for his adherence to traditional dress.
Unlike some countries, Swaziland did not change its name when it gained independence in 1968 after being a British protectorate for more than 60 years.
King Mswati III declared the name change during independence day celebrations at a packed sports stadium in the second city of Manzini.
“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 name Swaziland angers some citizens as it is a mix of Swazi and English.