AfDB president Akinwunmi Adesina becomes first Nigerian to be honoured in Eswatini (Swaziland)
London, Sep 8, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The contributions of Akinwunmi Adesina the president of the African Development Bank to the development of Africa has been recognised by the Mswati III, the King of Eswatini and head of the Swazi Royal Family
Akinwumi Adesina, now a warrior of Eswatini was honoured at a traditional royal reed dance event.
The annual weeklong ceremony is a traditional dance event where up to 40 000 Swazi maidens gather and dance for the Queen Mother.
This Swazi cultural event is performed as a tribute to the Royal Family and dates back centuries in time. Only special personalities are allowed to take part on the invitation and recognition of the king. Akinwunmi Adesina, Nigeria’s ex agriculture minister is now one of them
Swaziland is a small, landlocked monarchy in southern Africa.
Mr. Adesina is the first Nigerian to be honoured by the head of the Swaziland royalty.
The former Minister of Agriculture shared the news on his official Twitter page on Saturday alongside photographs from the ceremony.
His tweet read, “King Mswati III of Eswatini (Swaziland) gave me the greatest honour ever: to be dressed like the king and jointly march during the traditional royal reed dance event
“Thank you Your Majesty. Proudly African. Confident in Africa’s future.
Mr Adesina became the AfDB president in 2015.
The African Development Bank under the leadership of Adesina has supported Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, in its efforts to boost growth and job creation. “Eswatini is a strategic partner in the African Development Bank’s efforts to accelerate development in southern Africa, and has played a key role in executing two of the Bank’s High 5 priority areas, namely regional integration and feed Africa,” Adesina said during a recent visit in August
In February this year, a delegation of the Bank’s executive directors held consultative meetings with the private sector, civil society organisations, development partners and project beneficiaries in Eswatini.
In May, the African Development Bank, in partnership with the ministry of finance of the Kingdom of Eswatini and Business Eswatini, hosted a business seminar to raise awareness about the Bank’s products and financing windows.
The Bank’s portfolio in Eswatini comprises eight projects worth approximately $238.7 million, spread across agriculture, transport and water supply/sanitation