Sobhuza II


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Sobhuza II

(sōbo͞o`zə), 1899–1982, king of Swaziland (1921–82). He became paramount chief of the Swazi in 1921, after a 22-year regency, and was recognized as king by Great Britain when Swaziland was granted (1967) internal self-government. He continued to reign after Swaziland became independent in 1968. In 1973 he repealed the 1968 constitution, assuming supreme power.
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King Sobhuza II ruled Swaziland for an incredible 82 years from December 12, 1899 to August 21, 1982.
Sobhuza II ruled by decree until 2006, when the country implemented its first constitution in over 30 years.
In recent weeks, an online campaign has tried to rally support for the protests, which come 38 years after the current Swazi king's father, King Sobhuza II, banned political parties and abandoned the country's constitution.
His dad, King Sobhuza II, who led Swaziland to independence from Britain in 1968, had 70 wives when he died in 1982.
Swaziland gained independence from British colonial rule in 1968, after the charismatic King Sobhuza II successfully steered the nation to full international sovereignty with surprisingly little bloodshed.
King Sobhuza II was Ngwenyama (the Lion) of Swaziland from 1921 to 1982, keeping the nation and culture of the Swazi alive.
The present monarch, King Mswati III, ascended the throne in 1986 at the age of 18, succeeding his father King Sobhuza II, a much loved and respected man who was also the world's longest reigning monarch, ruling from 1921 to 1982.
King Sobhuza II negotiated the return of much of the appropriated land which today is known as Swazi Nation Land.
Mswati was schooled in Britain until the death in 1982 of his father Sobhuza II, who ruled Swaziland for 61 years, overseeing independence from Britain in 1967, and had 60 wives.
Swaziland became an independent Kingdom, headed by King Sobhuza II, and a member of the Commonwealth on September 6 1968.
In 1921, after more than 20 years of rule by Queen Regent Lobatsibeni, Sobhuza II became Ngwenyama (lion) or head of the Swazi nation.