UK Museum to Return Braided Hair of Emperor Tewodros II

Greetings Folks,

I came across some interesting news today and wanted to share it with you all. The following information comes out of AfricaNews.

The United Kingdom’s National Army Museum will return a looted braid of hair of Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros II. Tewodros II was Emperor from 1855-1868, and he was called Ethiopia’s first modern ruler. The story goes that British troops ransacked the Emperor’s Maqdala fortress in northern Ethiopia using 200 mules and 15 camels to carry the loot of sacred manuscripts and gold. As of April 2018, Ethiopia upped the campaign for it’s stolen artifacts by British troops to be returned.

The following as been advised:

History has it that Tewodros killed himself at the end of a British invasion in 1868. He opted to die than be taken prisoner, killing himself with a gun gifted to him by Queen Victoria. 

The invaders reportedly tore off his clothes and cut off his braid which were taken to the UK along with hundreds of other objects that were plundered by the Lt Gen Sir Robert Napier force. 

You can check out the full article, written by Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban, by clicking here. If you have any additional information regarding this situation, feel free to comment below.






Tewodros II EMPEROR OF ETHIOPIA. (n.d.). Retrieved March 6, 2019, from


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