There are many monarchies in Africa, defined as either actually or nominally self-governing states, territories, or nations on the continent of Africa where supreme power resides with an individual who is recognized as the head of state.All are similar in that the sovereign inherits their office and typically keeps it until their death or until their abdication.


However, only three are currently sovereign, while the remaining are sub-national monarchies. Two of these are constitutional monarchies (Lesotho and Morocco), in which the sovereign is bound by laws and customs in the exercise of his or her powers, and one is an absolute monarchy (Swaziland), in which the sovereign rules without bounds. The other sub-national monarchies are not sovereign, and exist within larger political associations. In addition to these, there are also two dependencies of two European monarchies.