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         The name of the Anthem: "O Lord our God, bestower of all blessings on Swazi" 1968 (The year the anthem was adopted)

To learn more about this country click here:  Swaziland     



1.   When did Swaziland get her independence? Who was the first Leader of the Independent Swaziland?

   2.  Swaziland is in Southern Africa.  It is a landlocked country.  
It has no outlet to the Atlantic Ocean. Other countries that share
borders with Swaziland include, South Africa and Mozambique. 
Swaziland and its people got their name from a 19th century ruler
whose name was King Mswati I. The alternative name is Ngwane
 and the surname for the royal house is Diamini. The Princess is called
Sikhanyiso Diamini.  The present King is also named King Mswati  III.
The King is said to have 14 wives and over 20 children.  Most recently
(Sept. 2013) he declared that he wants to change the form of his
government. He wants a "monarchical democracy"  (whatever that
means) for his country.  

We are told that this is a very small country.  From north to south
is 130 miles and from east to west is 81 miles. Very small country
indeed.  The country is almost surrounded by mountains. As you
may have noticed above, the people of Swaziland are referred
to as Swazis and the language they speak is called siSwati.  The people
are bilingual-English and siSwati.  The Swazis are descendants of the
Bantu people who migrated to the region in the 15th and 16th centuries.
When the English and the Boer or Dutch farmers fought, Swaziland
became a protectorate of the British.  In 1968, Swaziland gained her
political independence from the British.  Swaziland is a kingdom, 
therefore, it is ruled by a king.  The king, however, appoints the 
Prime Minister and a few government officials who represent their
people in parliament. Every five years, they hold elections.  In 2005, they 
wrote a new constitution for their country.  Like a few of the countries
we have studied, there is much poverty in this country.  About 75% of
the population lives on subsistance farming. Farming here is labor
intensive and not capital intensive.  About 60% of the population,
as we found in several countries, lives on less than $1.25 US dollars
per day.
My question is, What is the government doing to eliminate poverty
from the country?  Can you formulate a 10-point recommendations
to present to the King or to the Chambers of Libandla or Parliament
concerning how they can fight poverty in their country?

3. According to the Swaziland tradition, the King is the head of state. 
The King is known as Ngwenyama which means the Lion. The present
King, King Mswati III came to the throne in 1982 after his father,
King Sobhuza II died. As tradition has it, "the king reigns along with his Mother or a ritual substitute, the Ndlovukati, which means, She-Elephant."
On their Court of Arms or their National Seal, the Elephant and the Lion
are seen, one (Lion) on the left and the other (She-elephant),  on the right
 of their Nation symbol.  The role of the Mother or the substitute, the
She-elephant has become a mere symbolic or ceremonial role.  The power
lies in the hands of the Lion (the King) who appoints the prime minister
and other representatives to the chambers of Libandla or parliament. The 
30 Senators are appointed by the King and 55 of the 65 representatives for
the House of Assembly are elected from the 55 constituencies around
the country. Ten of the representatives are appointed by the King upon
recommendations by his advisory council and the attorney general.

The Motto of Swaziland reads:
 "Siyinqaba" (Swati)
"We are a fortress"
"We are a mystery/riddle"
"We hide ourselves away"

The name of their National Anthem is:
"Oh God, Bestower of the Blessings of the Swazi"

Initially, the country adopted a Westminister-style constitution,
but in 1973 King Sobhuza II suspended it because there were many complaints. Now, the Swazis have a bicameral Parlliament (Senate,
and House of Assembly and they vote every 5 years.  My question is,

4. Swazi (Swati or siSwati) which is a southern Bantu language, is a 
national language of Swaziland and it is spoken by 95% of the people.
English and siSwati are the two official languges spoken in the country.
Are there other languages other than the two above, spoken by  some
of the Swazis?  If so, what is or what are the language(s)?

5 There are several major large cities in Swaziland.  One of these is the
Capital City, which one is it?

a. Mazini
b. Mbabane
c. Big Band
d. Tjaneni
e. Tabankulu
f. Simunye
g. Mhlume
h. Lobamba

6. What  year was the Swaziland National Anthem adopted? And what is
the Name of the National Anthem?  Who composed it?
a. 1965
b. 1968
c. 1960
d. 1951
e.  2005
f. None of the Above
g. The Name of the National Anthem________________________

7. What was Swaziland's GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for 2012?

8. For administrative purposes, Swaziland is divided into 4 districts. a. Hhohho b. Lubombo c. Manzini d. Shiselweni e. All the above f. None of the above g. Some of the above         9.    What is the political structure of this country?          1 0. Which Religion do most of the people of Swaziland adhere to? a.     African Traditional Religions? b. Christianity--Which Brand of Christianity? 1. Roman Catholic 2. Protestant 3. Eastern Orthodox c. Islam d. Hinduism e. Buddhism f. Judaism



Courtesy of

“Canada »” Accessed August 5, 2013) .



Complete National-Anthems-World-Edition-2013
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

          National anthems of the world Nationalhymnen der Welt. Free download

  The World Atlas

Listen to the   
National Anthems of All 

            African Countries

Every day a different African country's national     Anthem will play the entire day on this page.   This gives us an opportunity to listen to all the
National Anthems of each country in Africa.   There are 53 countries in Africa.  Some have
said that Liberia has one of the best Anthems
in the world.  Now we can listen to all the 
National Anthems of Africa and compare ours
with theirs.

The other reason for this exercise
is to provide our people the opportunity to
listen to, and to learn about other African
countries, see their flags, hear their National
Anthems, and enjoy the very beautiful music
we call, a country's National Anthem. Much
of our information comes from 

Please take note of the dates each

country's Anthem is played.  We begin with
South Africa on the 5th of August and end with
São Tomé and Principe on September 24, 2013.
If you want to know more about any of the
African countries, just click on the name of 
the particular country below on the left in blue among the list of 53 countries and you will have the information right there at your finger tip.


One interesting factor about the listing of the 
African countries in the order in which they are
listed.  They are listed with the country with the
highest per capital income above and the lowest
per capital income at the bottom of the list. Liberia
is 6 up from the bottom.   Total number of countries
is 53.


siSwati lyrics English translation
Nkulunkulu Mnikati wetibusiso temaSwati;
Siyatibonga tonkhe tinhlanhla;
Sibonga iNgwenyama yetfu.
Live netintsaba nemifula.
Busisa tiphatsimandla takaNgwane;
Nguwe wedvwa Somandla wetfu;
Sinike kuhlakanipha lokungenabucili
Simise usicinise, Simakadze.
O Lord our God, bestower of the blessings of the Swazi;
We give Thee thanks for all our good fortune;
We offer thanks and praise for our King
And for our fair land, its hills and rivers.
Thy blessings be on all rulers of our Country;
Thine alone is our Lord;
We pray Thee to grant us wisdom without deceit or malice.
Establish and fortify us, Lord Eternal.

SOURCES: Courtesy of

“Canada »” Accessed August 5, 2013) . Google

Wikipedia Complete National-Anthems-World-Edition-2013 Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  National anthems of the world Nationalhymnen der Welt. Free download
The World Atlas









 South Africa---                                                       August  5



 Nigeria                                                                   August  6



 Egypt                                                                    August  7



 Algeria                                                                  August  8



 Angola                                                                   August  9



 Morocco                                                                 August  10



 Sudan                                                                    August  11



 Tunisia                                                                   August  12



 Ghana                                                                  August  13



 Libya                                                                    August  14



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       Ivory Coast                                                        
        August  18



 Tanzania                                                                 August  19



 Equatorial Guinea                                                  August  20



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 Democratic Republic of the Congo                          August  25



 Republic of the Congo                                            August  26



 Senegal                                                                August  27



 Mozambique                                                          August  28



 Namibia                                                                August  29



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      August  31



       September   1



 Burkina Faso                                       
      September   1



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 Guinea                                                                    September   8



      September   9



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 Lesotho                                                                  September   13



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 Sierra Leone                                     
      September   15



 Central African Republic                                        September   16



 Cape Verde                                       
       September   17



 Djibouti                                                                   September   18



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 The Gambia                                      
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 São Tomé and Príncipe                                          September   24


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