At the main campus entrance, a large concrete sign welcomes students and visitors to "The University of..." followed by a blank space. After Swaziland changed its name earlier in 2018 to eSwatini, the nine letters spelling out the old name of the country were removed from the university sign, and new letters have not yet arrived. "We are still waiting," said a security guard at the gate. On the other side of the road, Banele Syabonga contemplated his country's sudden change of name in April, which took many citizens by surprise. "I like the new name — it is more African," Syabonga, who is unemployed, said, standing outside Lucky's Hair Cut shop, a tin shack in Manzini, the second city of what is now known as eSwatini. "Swaziland was the British name. Now we have our own," he said, addressing one of the contentious debates about the new title. In April, King Mswati III — one of the world's last absolute rulers — marked 50 years since his country's independence from British colonial r...

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