Know Your Roots
Article #1 KNOW YOUR EBONX ROOTS: AFRICA, SWAZILAND
According to tradition, the original followers of the present Dlamini clan of the Swazi country migrated south before the 18th century to what is now Mozambique. Following a series of conflicts with people living in the area of modern Maputo, the Ngwane, as they then called themselves, settled in northern Zululand in about 1850. Unable to match growing Zulu strength, the Ngwane moved the center of their kingdom northward in the 1870s and 1880s. Under King Sobhuza I they established themselves in the heartland of modern Swaziland, conquering and incorporating many long-established independent chiefdoms, whose descendants also make up much of the modern Swazi nation. (Wiki)
Pictures from the Annual Swaziland Reed Dance.
Photos by: Ifoma Stubbs of Detroit, MI