Swaziland’s King unveils his 19-year-old 14th wife

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After weeks of speculation, Swaziland’s King Mswati III, has officially unveiled a new bride, his 14th wife, Siphelele Mashwama, 19, the daughter of a Swaziland Cabinet minister, Jabulile Mashwama.

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The new bride who graduated from Swaziland’s Waterford Kamhlaba World University College, is in currently in New York, where the king is attending the United Nations General Assembly.

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He picked Sphelele as his 14th wife, during the annual Reed Dance ceremony early this month. It’s a common tradition in Swaziland for the king to choose a wife every year.

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The Reed Dance ceremony is an annual tradition held in August or September, where unmarried ladies travel to Ludzidzini to participate in the 8-day event and would-be brides are publicly checked to ascertain that their virginity is still intact.

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