Ngwenyama (also Ingwenyama) is the title of the male ruler (King) of Eswatini. The Ngwenyama is the counterpart of the Ndlovukati.[1] Ingwenyama means "Lion" in SiSwati, but in an honorific sense, as opposed to libhubesi, the usual way of referring to actual lions.

Ngwenyama of Eswatini
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Mswati III
since 25 April 1986
StyleHis Majesty
Heir apparentNone
First monarchNgwane III
ResidenceLozitha Palace, Lobamba

The title is sometimes written Ingwenyama, iNgwenyama, or ingwenyama, with the prefix i- (plural ti-, tiNgwenyama), meaning "the king".

The current king is Mswati III.

The annual budget allocated to the King and the royal household amounts to 61 million USD[2][3]

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  1. ^ Kuper, Hilda (1980 [1947]). An African Aristocracy. Rank Among the Swazi [facsimile reprint]. Africana Publishing Company for the International African Institute.
  2. ^ "amaBhungane - Cash splash for Swazi king's wings". August 12, 2018. Archived from the original on August 12, 2018.
  3. ^ France-Presse, Agence (14 May 2014). "King of impoverished Swaziland increases household budget to $61m" – via