RETURN AFRICA'S TREASURES - start to heal dark colonial past

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A call for a public diplomatic forum.  

Since I started this petition I have explored the 'complex' laws around why African treasures simply just can't be returned.

Some say the borrowing the treasures back to Ethiopia is a good start. It's undermining to Ethiopian community. What about the 7 year old body of King Tewedros son Prince Alemayehus stolen along with the treasures 150 years ago? As a mum to a child of similar age, it's painful disturbing.

I've had to justify why it's important; I believe the craftsmanship of African treasures hold knowledge, power and wisdom that are key to innovating for humanity, the planet and awakening of cultural healing around the world. The world is embracing our visuals but not understanding the ancient symbolism, rituals and spiritual importance - everyone (the west) is feeling the manifestation of this environmentally, socially and economically. It’s not just art, it’s a vibration! 

I am Kenyan but Ethiopia was recorded as the beginning of humanity, so we are all connected to the great nation. My connection is through fashion Queen Tewabech's dress and jewelry  -  she was the second wife of King Tewedros who was a very spiritual woman. 

BACK STORY

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 Prince Alemayehus to be stolen as well. They were ‘presented’ to Queen Victoria who is said to have been deeply saddened by it all. The boy later died of sorrow. His remains are still here! 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. 

In 2008 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.The V&A are shinning a great light on the Maqdala Treasures, however the change is down to the policies.

Thank you for your help. 

Vicky Ngari-Wilson



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