This month marks the 53rd anniversary of Eswatini’s independence, but instead of celebrating people are planning “freedom” protests, calling for political and social change.
Eswatini is the last absolute monarchy in Africa, which means that the king controls everything.
Civilians say they are tired of seeing royals living lavishly while many ordinary people live in poverty.
Their demands for democracy and the dissolution of monarchy are nothing new and continue to receive a tough response from the government.
BBC Minute spoke to several young Swat people about life under an absolute monarchy and their hopes for change. They told us opposition to the monarchy fueled their cause.
Video journalist: Simi Goloso