The king of the African nation of Swaziland has changed his country's name to eSwatini. The new name means " of the Swazis" in the Swati language. King Mswati III is an absolute , which means he has the power to manage his country as he likes. He renamed his land on Thursday at marking 50 years of Swazi from Britain. The day also coincided with his 50th . Speaking at the nation's Golden Jubilee celebrations, he said: "African countries, on getting independence, reverted to their names before they were colonized. So from on, the country will be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini."
The change of name has been talked about in official for years. The king has referred to Swaziland as eSwatini in in his country's , at the United Nations General Assembly and to the African Union. Swaziland gained independence from Britain in 1968, but unlike other British , it retained its colonial- name. Nyasaland became Malawi, Northern Rhodesia renamed itself Zambia, Bechuanaland changed its name to Botswana, and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. King Mswati said that from now on, people would not confuse country with Switzerland. The UN, Google Maps and Internet now have to add eSwatini to their .