"Hello from wonder media network. I'm Jenny Kaplan and this encyclopedia Britannica. Today's leader ruled Swaziland. Swaziland for almost four decades as booth clean mother and Queen Regent recognized by her allies and enemies alike as one of the most brilliant African rulers at the time she transcended the typical role. A lot of two women in her society. Helped protect your country from imperialist encroachment and laid the foundations for an independent nation. St Let's talk about the Benny and Luli Labadze. Benny was born in eighteen fifty-eight into the Luli clan. A large Arjun Distinguished Swazi family. Her father like many of the men in his family was in the military. Very little is known about her mother. In eighteen seventy loboda. Benny's father died and she became the ward of his brother at the time. Her uncle was a soldier in the resistance at the National Court and and brought Labadze banning to live there with his family growing up in the palace the boats. Benny learned the rules and customs of court etiquette. She was exposed to the inner workings of the political realm and the political issues of the time she also served as personal attendant to the Queen Mother who took Hook Labadze Bending under her wing and taught her how to maximize power and influence Loboda. Benny gained the reputation from a young age of being a woman of great intelligence ability and character in eighteen. Seventy Five Labadze. Benny married and became the chief wife of the King of Swaziland. She bore him three sons and one daughter the traditional laws of Swazi Succession State. That king can only be succeeded. It by a son with no blood siblings. So none of her children were originally in line for the throne but Labadze. Bennie wasn't having that she used a combination of networking favors and legal wrangling. To ensure her children weren't passed over by eighteen. Ninety her oldest son Bruno was named the future king. He was just fifteen years old because the Swazi monarchy though patrilineal is technically a dual monarchy. In which a son and his mother rule together this significantly increased liberty. Benny's Power Boone's youth also helped to concentrate the majority of power in Boise. Benny's hands the PUNA was is not on the throne for long before he died in eighteen. Ninety nine he left behind six wives and seven children. Three of whom were eligible to ascend to the throne but when it came time to choose Buna successor. The Swazi elders couldn't decide and instead deferred to the highly revered Lebowski Abani. She decided on her youngest grandson. Mona who at the time was only three months old. This allowed liberty to rule. We'll Swaziland as region for the young king and the first five years of her regency liberty benefits significant political turmoil and a succession of droughts. What's that made the Swazi people restless in Swazi tradition. The Queen Mother is responsible for the rain. So the droughts were considered a bad sign but by nineteen o six Lebowski united her country by standing up to the British imperialists who had ultimate control over Swaziland during this period the the British had begun to systematically giveaway massive swaths of the country to white settlers. Much to the horror of the Swazi people currently living there. The land partition proclamation of nineteen. o seven left the Swazi people with ownership of only about thirty percents of their land knowing that the Swazi nation had little ability to fight the British juggernaut to get their land back the Buzi. Benny came up with another idea. A fun to buy back the Land Dan from settlers and the British government. She stated I felt. I must lose no time. I told the council. All our weapons had failed and now with our own strength. We you must set out with determination to buy back as much as we can of our dear little Swaziland. They all agreed to assist by voluntary contributions. Labadze see Benny sheer determination to beat back. The British imperialists in the face of long odds became an inspiration and a matter of great pride to the Swazi people though it took decades by the late nineteen sixties. The Fund had allowed the country of Swaziland to repossess over sixty percent of the land that had been confiscated and given away to the British Lucy. Benny held the role of region until nineteen twenty one when her grandson was coronated Lebowski. Benny died on December number fifth. Nineteen twenty five leaving behind a remarkable legacy and even gaining the begrudging admiration of the British oppressor. She's remembered today for her strong leadership ship and for her efforts to protect your country's land sovereignty and culture from foreign encroachment tune in tomorrow for."