SWATI

Swazi show
MANZINI, SWAZILAND - NOVEMBER 25 : unidentified young men wears traditional clothing and dance, during presentation of a Swazi show on November 25, 2010 Manzini, Swaziland


Summary
emaSwati or bakaNgwane are part of the Nguni tribe that emigrated from North East Africa. They settled in what is now known as Swaziland in South East of Africa around the fifteenth century.

Around 1600 bakaNgwane settled in Swaziland under the leadership of Dlamini (III), who was accompanied by other clans and took over from then King Maseko. During the Mfecane wars King, Sobhuza (I) united some small Sotho and Nguni tribes into a powerful kingdom which would be later known as Swaziland and was fully under the rule of Dlamini kings.

In this modern age, emaSwati are predominantly found in Swaziland, neighbouring Mpumalanga province of South Africa and a minority group in the rest of the SADC region. Today emaSwati accounts for around 3 million people majority in Swaziland and South Africa.

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