About Nhlanhla Msibi
Nhlanhla S. Msibi, the father to two teenage daughters, was born and bred in Swaziland on August 14, 1970. After primary school at St Marks in Mbabane (1982), he went to Salesian Boys High (1983-1984), a Catholic school in Manzini and soon after that, Waterford Kamhlaba College (United World Colleges (UWC): 1985-1987), where he completed his high school education.
Like many, Msibi left Swaziland in 1990 for South Africa, working his way up from Department Manager (Makro, Woolworths), to Account Director (TBWA Hunt Lascaris), Group Account Director (Ogilvy South Africa), Business Director (The Agency, McCann South Africa) and finally, Corporate Strategist at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).
The Delayed Revolution: Swaziland in the Twenty First Century is Msibi's first book but by no means his last. He lives in Midrand, Johannesburg and is currently working on his next book; a fascinating political biography.
About the book
The Delayed Revolution: Swaziland in the Twenty-First Century
Behind the façade of a small, peaceful African kingdom on the south-east hem of the continent, on the very shores of the relatively tranquil Indian Ocean, 300 hundred or so miles east of Johannesburg, lies the true story of a nation of once true promise, the ‘Switzerland of Africa’, they once called it, and deservedly too, some say. And yet today, Swaziland is no further into the twenty first century than the distant nation of North Korea under Kim Jong IL, son to the now late Kim Dae Jong; its citizens gasping fitfully under the tyrannical grip of a monarch who brooks no dissent.
Africa’s ‘last absolute monarch’, Mswati III has been called, a man to whom nothing is to be said, and even less scrutinized of Swaziland, a country he rules through a timeworn system of governance: Tinkhundla. Hard as it may seem, Swaziland (Mswati) has somehow managed to ‘trick-or-treat’ its way into a gullible world community, convincing it that all is well; that there is veiled grace in living below the poverty line and surviving on hope whilst imploring the Gods in a world yonder to neuter the overlapping burden of HIV/AIDS (and the inglorious reputation as the one nation with the highest HIV/AIDS infection rate in the world, beating Botswana), flood the country with untold dollars in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and, ultimately, raise the standard of living to soaring heights whilst reversing the country’s incalculable socio-economic ills.
Why has all this not happened?
Why is Swaziland that much further away from its recurring vision as the (‘one true’) African Phoenix still to rise from the ashes? Why is Swaziland perhaps the best example of a failed African state?