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Swati warriors at incwala
Total population
c. 2,389,143
Regions with significant populations
Swazi people Eswatini1,185,000
Swazi people South Africa1,297,046
Swazi people Mozambique30,000
Siswati, English
Christianity (Zionist Churches, Catholic), Swazi religion
Related ethnic groups
Xhosa, Hlubi, Zulu, Ndebele, Sotho, Tsonga

The Swazi or Swati (Swati: Emaswati, singular Liswati) are a Bantu ethnic group in Southern Africa, inhabiting Eswatini, a sovereign kingdom in Southern Africa. EmaSwati are part of the Nguni-language speaking peoples whose origins can be traced through archaeology to East Africa where similar traditions, beliefs and cultural practices are found.

The Swati people and the Kingdom of Eswatini today are named after Mswati II, who became king in 1839 after the death of his father King Sobhuza who strategically defeated the British who occupied Eswatini. Eswatini was a region first occupied by the San people and the current Swazis migrated from north East Africa through to Mozambique and eventually settled in Eswatini in the 15th century. Their royal lineage can be traced to a chief named Dlamini I; this is still the royal clan name. About three-quarters of the clan groups are Nguni; the remainder are Sotho, Tsonga, others North East African and San descendants. These groups have intermarried freely. Swazi identity extends to all those with allegiance to the twin monarchs Ingwenyama "the Lion" (the king) and Indlovukati "the She-Elephant" (the queen mother). The dominant Swati language and culture are factors that unify Swazis as a nation.

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Swazi people

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The Swazi or Swati (Swati: Emaswati, singular Liswati) are a Bantu ethnic group in Southern Africa, inhabiting Eswatini, a sovereign kingdom in Southern...

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Eswatini (/ˌɛswɑːˈtiːni/ ESS-wah-TEE-nee; Swazi: eSwatini [ɛswáˈtʼiːni]), officially the Kingdom of Eswatini and formerly named Swaziland (/ˈswɑːzilænd/...

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Swazi may refer to: Swazi people, a people of southeastern Africa Swazi language Eswatini (former name Swaziland), or a citizen thereof This disambiguation...

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Swazi language

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The Swazi or siSwati language is a Bantu language of the Nguni group spoken in Eswatini and South Africa by the Swati people. The number of speakers is...

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History of Eswatini

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century and people speaking languages ancestral to current Sotho and Nguni languages began settling no later than the 11th century. The Swazi settlers,...

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Mswati III

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Makhosetive; 19 April 1968) is the king (Swazi: Ngwenyama, Ingwenyama yemaSwati) of Eswatini and head of the Swazi royal family. He was born in Manzini in...

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Sobhuza II

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Sobhuza II, KBE (Swazi: [sɔbʱuzʱa]; also known as Nkhotfotjeni, Mona; 22 July 1899 – 21 August 1982) was the Paramount Chief and later Ngwenyama of Swaziland...

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Culture of Eswatini

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Swazi culture is the way of life and customs of the Swazi people through various historical stages. The culture of Swazi people involves music, food,...

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Swazi lilangeni

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ancestors of the Swazi people who migrated to Swaziland in the 18th–19th centuries. The currency's name derives from emaLangeni ("people from the Sun")...

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House of Dlamini

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I (also known as Matalatala), who is said to have migrated with the Swazi people from East Africa through Tanzania and Mozambique. Ngwane III, however...

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List of monarchs of Eswatini

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to the Swazi throne List of prime ministers of Eswatini Lists of office-holders Kuper, Hilda (1980). An African Aristocracy: Rank Among the Swazi. Africana...

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Succession to the Swazi throne

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affects her child's chances of ascending to the status of king. According to Swazi culture, a son cannot be the heir if his mother is not of good standing...

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Bheki Maphalala

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Swaziland. Retrieved 13 November 2015. Khoza, Bandile (19 June 2015). "Chief Justice Ramodibedi Fired". Swazi Observer. Retrieved 13 November 2015. v t e...

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Makhosini Dlamini

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Prince Makhosini Jaheso Dlamini (1914 – 28 April 1978) was Prime Minister of Eswatini from 16 May 1967 to 31 March 1976. Dlamini was also the country's...

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Mabandla Dlamini

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Prince Mabandla Ndawombili Fred Dlamini (born 11 November 1930) was Prime Minister of Swaziland from 23 November 1979 to 25 March 1983. Profile of Mabandla...

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Noma Dumezweni

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Hutchinson, Shaun. "Interview with Shakespearean Actress Noma Dumezweni". People With Voices. Retrieved 10 September 2022. Billington, Michael. "Little Eagles...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Mbabane: Swazi people joined the "Brave the Breast" annual event in aid of the Eswatini Breast Cancer Network, 2016....

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Dlamini III of Swaziland

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Sidvwaba Silutfuli)[citation needed] was a king or tiNgwenyama of the Swazi people who led them approximately between 1720 until 1744. He was the father...

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Nguni cattle

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Nguni cattle were brought by ancestors of Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi people, etc.), during their postulated migration to the south of Africa. Nguni...

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Religion in Eswatini

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The Christianity followed by Swazi people incorporates rituals, singing, dancing and iconography of the traditional Swazi religion. According to Sibongile...

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Sibonelo Mngometulu

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Legal Advisor to the King. She is the first Swazi queen to record a gospel album. She also is the first Swazi queen to continue her education after marrying...

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Sororate marriage

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Rachel and Leah in the Bible. Sororate marriage is practiced by the Swazi people and for the same reasons as stated.[citation needed] This type of marriage...

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LaYaka Ndwandwe

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Monarchies in Africa

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mid-eighteenth century. During that time period, chief Ngwane III of the Swazi people moved his tribe to their present location and united with other African...

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Mpande defied his brother, who demanded his support in a war against the Swazi people. Fearing he would be killed if he joined Dingane, Mpande instead led...

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KaNgwane (Swazi: [kaˈŋɡwanɛ]) was a bantustan in South Africa, intended by the apartheid government to be a semi-independent homeland for the Swazi people. It...

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Albasini and his Tsonga people were settling on his land with good intentions, that is, to join him in fighting off invading Swazi impis. Joao Albasini,...

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Nguni people

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people are a group of closely related Bantu ethnic groups native to South Africa, with off-shoots in neighbouring countries in Southern Africa. Swazi...

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Guduza Dlamini

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Prince Guduza Dlamini is the Speaker of the House of Assembly of Swaziland since being appointed in November 2006. He is a member of the House of Dlamini...

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Charles Myeza

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Charles Myeza (born 25 April 1966) is a Swazi politician and former police officer. He became MP for Khubuta constituency in 2008, succeeding Njabulo...

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Jameson Mbilini Dlamini

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Prince Jameson Mbilini Dlamini (5 August 1932 – 5 June 2008) was Prime Minister of Swaziland from 4 November 1993 to 8 May 1996. He was the grandson of...

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Swazi Nation Land

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Swazi Nation Land (SNL) is land in eSwatini which is under the rule of chiefs for settlement of Swazi people. It is vested in the king in trust of the...

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Thuli Brilliance Makama

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Thuli Brilliance Makama is a Swazi environmental attorney. She was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2010. "Thuli Brilliance Makama". Goldman...

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Sishayi Nxumalo

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Sishayi Simon Nxumalo (1936 – 25 February 2000) served as acting Prime Minister of Swaziland from 8 May 1996 to 26 July 1996. He was finance minister from...

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Lutfo Dlamini

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Lutfo Ephraim Dlamini (born 1960) is a politician from Eswatini.[citation needed] October 2008 Governmental leaders of Swaziland 12 August 2008...

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Ngwane III

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bakaNgwane. This name is still used today and the Swazi people use this name to refer to themselves as a people. Ngwane III reigned until 1780 when his son...

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the then King Sobhuza married the Chief’s first daughter. In 1826, the Swazi people retreated into the hills during an attack by the Zulus. The Boers met...

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Languages of Eswatini

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Native languages are Swazi, Zulu, Tsonga, Afrikaans, and English. Recent immigrant languages include Chichewa and Southern Sotho. Swazi, a Southern Bantu...

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This biography of a member of the Swazi royal house is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it....

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Outline of Eswatini

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inhabited primarily by Bantu-speaking Swazi people, is named after the 19th-century king Mswati II, from whom the people also take their name. Pronunciation:...

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Trusty Gina

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Trusty Gina is a Eswatini politician. She was Deputy Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly of Swaziland from 2003-2008 and the acting Speaker from March...

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Lomvula Mndzebele

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Neal Rijkenberg

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February 2020, he cut the country's corporate tax rate from 27.5% to 12.5%. "Swazi Observer". "Forestry with heart". SA Forestry Online...

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Sipho Jele

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Sipho Jele was a member of the banned Swazi political party People's United Democratic Movement (Pudemo) as well as the Swaziland Agricultural and Plantations...

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Maphevu Dlamini

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death on 25 October 1979. Dlamini was a member of the House of Dlamini, the Swazi royal family, and also served in the country's military, where he rose to...

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Bhekimpi Dlamini

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Minister of Swaziland from 25 March 1983 to 6 October 1986. Dlamini was a Swazi politician known to be pro-South African and traditionalist. He was elected...

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Bheki Dlamini

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Bheki Dlamini served as acting Prime Minister of Swaziland from 18 September 2008 to 23 October 2008. Dlamini was 2006-2013 head of the royal office of...

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Lojiba Simelane of Swaziland

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Mampuru II

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neighbouring Boer South African Republic (also known as the Transvaal) and the Swazi people in what became known as the Sekhukune War. The British Empire annexed...

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