The king of the tiny African nation of Swaziland has his country's name to eSwatini. The new name "land of the Swazis" in the local Swati language. King Mswati III is an absolute monarch, which he has the power to his country as he likes. He his land on Thursday at celebrations 50 years of Swazi independence from Britain. The day also with his 50th birthday. Speaking at the nation's Golden Jubilee celebrations, he said: "African countries, on getting independence, to their ancient names before they were . So from now on, the country will officially be as the Kingdom of eSwatini."
The change of name has been about in official circles for years. The king has regularly to Swaziland as eSwatini in addresses in his country's parliament, at the United Nations General Assembly and to the African Union. Swaziland independence from Britain in 1968, but unlike other former British colonies, it its colonial-era name. Nyasaland Malawi, Northern Rhodesia itself Zambia, Bechuanaland its name to Botswana, and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. King Mswati said that from now on, people would not his country with Switzerland. The UN, Google Maps and Internet companies now to eSwatini to their databases.