Return the Maqdala treasures

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Members of the British Military looted sacred symbolic treasures from Ethiopia exactly 150 years ago. King Tewedros at the time fought so hard against this, that he committed suicide leaving a 7 year old son behind. His son and some of the treasures were presented to Queen Victoria who is said to have been deeply saddened by it all. By the time the treasures were in the hands of British museums, powerful laws were made to stop board members gifting pieces to their network , locked the treasures into Britain. Other countries that have been able to restore valuable art like the victims of Nazi Germans. We can only do this by the power of public awareness and support. In 2008 I was crowned Miss Kenya UK and Miss East Africa UK. The same year Ethiopia's then president Girma Wolde-Giorgis wrote to the V&A, British Museum, British Library and Cambridge University seeking restitution of the Maqdala Treasure. Again, no success and the story has never gained momentum. However, the V&A want to 'shine a light' on this tragic story with an exhibition this April 2018, because finally they are 'open to the idea' of sending the treasures back to Ethiopia - but only on borrowed time due to the laws. What excites me is Queen Tewabech's dress and jewellery in The British Museum. She was the second wife of King Tewedros, a very spiritual woman. At a time where men and women were seen as equal, she is hardly noted.  Coming from a fashion background, being an East African Beauty Queen who highly honours the spiritual, ancient connection of African creativity (greatly influencing popular culture today), I feel youth culture should be engaged in a peaceful, productive conversation. Africans can not continue to contribute so much to global, trillion dollar creative industries, while many still suffer, as well as the world embracing the visuals but not understanding the ancient symbolism, rituals and spiritual importance. Please sign this petition so we can bring this to the forefront and work with British policy to try and return them to it's rightful owners- at the very least truly honour a nations culture, where all humans are said to have originated.

Let's change History...and Herstory! 

Thank you. 


Vicky Ngari-Wilson 

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