The Swati established their kingdom in the mid-18th century under the leadership of Ngwane III. The country and the Swati take their names from Mswati II, the 19th-century king under whose rule Swati territory was expanded and unified; the present boundaries were drawn up in 1881 in the midst of the Scramble for Africa. After the Second Boer War, the kingdom, under the name of Swaziland, was a British protectorate from 1903 until it regained its independence on 6 September 1968. In April 2018 the official name was changed from Kingdom of Swaziland to Kingdom of Eswatini, mirroring the name commonly used in SiSwati.
“We are a fortress”
“We are a mystery/riddle”
“We hide away”
“Nkulunkulu Mnikati wetibusiso temaSwati”
“Oh God, Bestower of the Blessings of the Swati'”
|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 lokungenabuciliSimise usicinise, Simakadze.||O Lord our God, bestower of the blessings of the Swati;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.|