King Mswati III


Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Erykah Badu and hero worship in the times of Twitter

On April 24, style icon and queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu performed for King Mswati III–the absolute ruler of Swaziland since 1986 when, at 18, he succeeded his father King Sobhuza III–at his birthday party. When the word got out, Badu was met with criticism from two US-based human rights organisations on the democratic, but often

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The Swazi Bull

We were wondering whether the lurid tales of bestiality allegedly involving the King of Swaziland that are circulating on the internets — on Facebook and Scribd, among others, and apparently printed and handed out in the kingdom...

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Jadakiss and the King of Swaziland

Who advised rapper Jadakiss to take this trip (recounted in this promotional video, below, shot by his people; watch from about 5:50) to Swaziland where he went to perform at a “fundraiser” for Swaziland’s royal family? As...

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

New Indians in Africa

The Guardian has a piece on India’s growing economic influence on the continent. It opens with Manmohan Singh receiving a red-carpet welcome as he led a delegation to the India-Africa summit in Addis Ababa, which 15 African leaders...

Monday, August 24th, 2009


“King Mswati of Swaziland, ruler of some of the poorest people in the world, has sent his favourite wives on a -million shopping jaunt through Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Reports from the kingdom said that...