King Mswati III Of Swaziland Marries 19-year-old Siphelele Mashwama As His 14th Wife

The royal palace of Swaziland has confirmed that King Mswati III, the leader of Swaziland and head of the Swazi Royal Family has married a 19-year-old Siphelele Mashwama as his 14th wife. The King’s new bride, Siphelele Mashwama is the daughter of Jabulile Mashwama, a Swaziland Cabinet Minister and a graduate from Swaziland’s Waterford Kamhlaba World University College.The new bride is in currently in New York in the United States, where the king (49) is attending the United Nations general assembly. In the early hours of Sunday morning, royal festivities overseer Hlangabeza Mdluli told local journalists who were at the airport to see the king off that it was official.Siphelele will be wife number 14 (including the three wives who left him). Other wives of the king are Inkhosikati LaMatsebula, Inkhosikati LaMotsa, Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, Inkhosikati LaNgangaza, Inkosikati LaMagwaza (deserted), Inkhosikati LaHoala (deserted), Inkhosikati LaMasango, Inkhosikati LaGija (deserted), Inkhosikati Magongo, Inkhosikati LaMahlangu, Inkhosikati LaNtentesa, Inkhosikati LaNkambule, Inkhosikati Ladube and Inkhosikati LaFogiyane.It is a common tradition in Swaziland for the king to choose a wife every year. Last year, the King picked a new bride during the well-known Reed Dance ceremony, also known as Umhlanga. At the annual reed dance, Siphelele was given red feathers known as emagwalagwala, a bird that is associated with the royal family.The Reed Dance ceremony is an annual Swazi and Zulu tradition held in August or September. In Swaziland, tens of thousands of unmarried and childless Swazi girls and women travel to Ludzidzini to participate in the eight-day event and would-be brides are publicly checked to ascertain that their virginity was still intact.Photo Credit: Getty

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