Swaziland: Inkhululeko at Last

"In traditional Swazi society," Swaziland's King Sobhuza II once observed, "a latecomer often gets the best cut of meat." As Britain's last colonial claim on the African continent except for breakaway Rhodesia, Sobhuza's tiny (pop. 390,000), verdant land has waited patiently for its cut of independence. Last week a smiling King Sobhuza, surrounded by some 100 of his wives and dressed in a ceremonial headdress of lourie-bird feathers, a girdle of lion and leopard skins and a cloak made of oxtails, had his patience rewarded. British Commonwealth Secretary George Thompson handed Sobhuza the formal instruments of self-government, and Swaziland...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!