Eswatini Monarchy Addresses Reports of Male Shortage in Africa’s Last Absolute Kingdom

The Kingdom of Eswatini responded on Sunday to rumors that it is granting citizenship to male citizens in the region due to a lack of men in the kingdom.

The BBC reported that King Mswati III allegedly wrote the viral letter. However, the Eswatini government clarified on X (previously Twitter) that the “circulating notice is fake.”

When the Eswatini administration released the brief statement, it also included a snapshot of the viral letter. The letter stated that Mswati III, the king of Eswatini, was “greatly concerned with the scarcity of men” in the kingdom and had thus invited “citizens from Southern African Nations” to apply for citizenship in Africa’s last absolute kingdom.

The letter went viral on social media in the region and generated great excitement. However, the identity of the person who wrote and spread the bogus letter remains unknown. Eswatini’s population is approximately around 1.2 million.

Mswati III recently hosted Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley A. Botchwey, at the annual Buganu celebration to commemorate the Marula fruit harvest, according to Graphic Online. The festival, described as one of the major events on the kingdom’s national calendar, took place in a massive royal arena and featured over 30,000 dancing and singing women leaders known as “Lushango,” who are often torchbearers of the kingdom’s culture.

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