The Kingdom of Swaziland. Usually referred to, albeit sarcastically, as Africa’s last absolute monarch, is a small land-locked country nestled between South Africa and Mozambique.
With some of the best landscapes, a vibrant culture, a youth full of swagger and big dreams, for the most part it has been profiled as a country where the general dominating trends are an ailing economy and pervasive poverty which have, in turn, influenced an increased vulnerability that is associated with one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world.
Whilst that may be true, still there is a lot more positive stories to tell about the beautiful Kingdom. The stories and photos shared on this platform from this part of the continent will sure tell the full story.
In the spirit of full-declaration, deliberate effort will be made to accentuate – not exaggerate – the positives. Africa has enough negative press as it is. It’s time we told our own stories as Africans, using the technologies available to us to share our experiences, hopes and dreams directly with the rest of the world. That’s the motivation behind joining this team of bright minds from all over the continent.
So, about Swaziland – the Kingdom of Eswatini as our travel documents read – where do I start?! From the basics would be nice. Located in Southern Africa, and characterized by a mountanious landsca
pe and beautil women as curvy as the roads are, Swaziland has population of 1,018, 449 (Central Statistical Office (CSO, 2007) and is a predominantly rural population, as close to 78% of the population lives in rural areas. Worth-noting, however, is, given the size of the country, the rural-urban differentials are sometimes just academic. Most times actually.
It’s a story of a beautiful,largely coherrent nation, recovering from the devastating effects of a servere drought experienced in 2016 that was the worst in over 30 years. Home to one of Africa’s Top 10 Music Festivals, the MTN Bushfire Festival and some of the most vibrant and colouful cultural events in the Umhlanga Reed Dance, Incwala Ceremony and a few others, there’s a lot of wonderful stories to tell or, even better, come witness yourself.
Swaziland kusekhaya (it’s home)!