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»»» The following are Gadaa.com's exclusive interviews with Oromo-related newsmakers.



Gadaa.com Interview: Introducing Addoyyee Toronto

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"The Addoyyee institution is one of the specialized institutions in the Oromo nation designed to protect, respect and nurture a young woman’s role in society," Ms. Arfasse Gemeda

Addoyyee Toronto is an initiative that was started in mid-2008 to connect young Oromo women in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Canada, by organizing different bi-monthly events. In addition to hosting workshops on different topics as well as group activities and themed outings, Addoyyee recently went on a 2-day retreat to Cobourg, Ontario (just an hour east of Toronto), entitled “The Women in the Mirror (W.I.T.M.) Retreat: Seeing Ourselves for Who We Are, Not for What Others Want Us to Be.”

Gadaa.com conducted an interview with officials of Addoyyee Toronto, and Ms. Arfasse Gemeda, who also made a presentation on Oromummaa and Addoyyee at Addoyyee Toronto’s Cobourg retreat. The purpose of the interview was to introduce the organization and its activities to the wider Oromo community in the world. The Board members are the President, Ms. Anaf Lello Wako; Vice President, Ms. Mirkeni Shenkife; Treasurer, Ms. Bonsitu Kitaba; Special Events Coordinator, Ms. Ayantu Ahmed; and Head of Fundraising, Ms. Lina Abdosh. Gadaa.com thanks Addoyyee Toronto and Ms. Arfasse Gemeda for taking the time for this informative interview. Here’s the interview. Read the Full Interview »»»


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Contending Nationalisms – Interview with Prof. Asafa Jalata on His New Book and More

July 27, 2010 - Dr. Asafa Jalata, Professor of Sociology and Global Studies, and the Interim Chair of the Africana Studies Program at the University of Tennessee, has been one of the most prominent scholars in Oromo studies ever since its advent in the 1980's. Oromo studies is an interdisciplinary academic area devoted to the study of the history, language, culture, religion and politics of the Oromo nation in the Horn of Africa as well as the Diaspora.

Dr. Asafa Jalata has authored and/or edited eight books, published several referred articles, and contributed chapters to quite a few books on issues related to the Oromo people and Oromia.

Gadaa.com is honored to interview Dr. Asafa Jalata about his new book, "Contending Nationalisms of Oromia and Ethiopia: Struggling for Statehood, Sovereignty, and Multinational Democracy," and the current state of the Oromo nation with topics covering "Ethiopianism as oppressor nationalism," the roles of Oromo in ending the Ethiopian political slavery, the economic violence unleashed on Oromia (including the appalling land grabs), the human rights violations against the Oromo people, the significance of an AFD-like alliance, and the reconciliation efforts and future of the Oromo national political leadership. Read the Full Interview »»»


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Jawar Mohammed: Oromo movement has achieved its objectives, but not concluded its journey


March 12, 2010 - Gadaa.com conducted an interview with a young Oromo political analyst and social commentator, Mr. Jawar Mohammed, about his childhood, political views and visions. He also shared his views on the state of politics in Ethiopia and the Horn, the Oromo struggle and the upcoming election. Here's the interview.


Gadaa.com: Tell us about yourself.

Gadaa.comJawar Mohammed (JM): I grew up in Dhummugaa, a small rural town on the Arsi-Hararge border in Oromia. I think of Dhummugaa as my hometown - the place where I came of age and where I attended elementary school until I got kicked out and left for Asella. There, I went to a Catholic school for a year and Cilaalo secondary school for another year until I once again had to move to Adama, where I took my high school national exam.

From there, I won a scholarship to attend the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, where I studied Afaan Oromoo and other subjects. Upon completion of my studies there, I came to Stanford for my undergraduate degree and graduated this past June. Currently, I have just completed an internship in Washington, DC; and I am now conducting an independent research. I plan to start graduate school this coming September.

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Interview with Yassin Juma - the Journalist of the OLF Documentary

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Yassin Juma reports from the rebel territory (NTV)

"Most think the OLF documentary was the series of the year, and it has been the talk of the town everywhere you go in Kenya, in the parliament, on the streets, mosques and churches, coffee houses, you name it." - Yassin Juma


August 28, 2009 - Yassin Juma is a Kenyan reporter working with NTV, a popular television station in Kenya. In Kenya, he's known for his excellent reporting on the conflicts in Somalia, among other areas of coverage. Late July 2009, NTV started promoting Yassin Juma's upcoming documentary titled "Inside the Rebel Territory - the Oromo Liberation Front." Soon after that, the documentary about his epic journey into the rebel territory in southern Ethiopia gave rise to an epic diplomatic row between Ethiopia and Kenya with the former demanding to silence the series, and to an epic show of solidarity for free press from across the globe. Read the Full Interview »»»


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Sensational Oromo Artist Habtamu Lamu Releasing Debut Album in July 2009

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June 14, 2009 - Habtamu Lamu will release his debut album in July 2009 after almost three years in the making. Born in a small village called Kobor in Begii, Wollega (western Oromia), Habtamu now lives and records his songs in Canada. Some of the songs in his new album titled Kommee has already introduced Habtamu to his growing fan base; the singles have received two-thumbs-up reviews. His songs exhibit the confidence of originality and are testimony of years of hard work. He collaborated with renown Oromo artists, such as Elemo Ali and Addisu Karrayu in Kommee; Awal Usman directed Habtamu's music videos. Habtamu has also used the Internet to launch his music career and promote his works - probably, in a way that has not been done by a new Oromo singer before. He has released his singles on video on YouTube, and built FaceBook and MySpace profiles. Intrigued, Gadaa.com interviewed Habtamu about his new album and music career. Read the Full Interview »»»


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Oromo Will March on April 20, 2009 in Wash., DC - Interview with IOYA President, Mr. Kitesso Chiri

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April 8, 2009 - Gadaa.com conducted an interview with the President of the International Oromo Youth Association (IOYA), Mr. Kitesso Chiri, regarding the upcoming IOYA's peaceful rally (which will be staged on April 20th, 2009 in Washington, DC) against human rights violations in Ethiopia, and in the State of Oromia, in particular, the current human rights situation in Ethiopia, and the immediate actions required to improve human rights situations in Ethiopia. The April 20, 2009 March starts at the State Department and ends at the US Capitol. 210 South Carolina Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20515.


The President of IOYA, Mr. Kitesso Chiri, is the founding member of the Oromia Youth Association and was a treasurer (2001-2002) of the Pan-Afrikan Student Union at Augsburg College, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Computer Science in 2003. He is currently employed with one of America's largest financial companies as an Information Technology Professional and is pursuing his Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Software Engineering at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

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The International Oromo Youth Association (IOYA) was formed to serve as an umbrella organization for all Oromo Youth Associations and Student Unions around the world. IOYA was founded with the vision of creating an effective network of Oromo youth from across the globe in order to synchronize the efforts towards the alleviation of the economic, social, and human rights deprivations of the Oromo nation. Read the Full Interview »»»


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Meet Faiza Hargaaya, a student in Canada, a volunteer at an orphanage in Oromia and a woman with determination to help the underprivileged

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February 27, 2009 - Faiza Juhar Weday Hargaaya, a 23 year-old student at the University of Winnipeg in Canada, decided to head to Oromia to volunteer at an orphanage last summer. When Gadaa.com learned about Faiza's story, it decided to share this exemplary and noble action. Gadaa.com interviewed Faiza about her volunteer experience and her initiative to help out the orphanage she worked at over the summer.

Born in Saudi Arabia and living in Canada since the age of 4, Faiza is currently the President of the Oromo Youth Association of Winnipeg (Tokkumaa), and the Social and Cultural Secretary of the Oromo Community of Manitoba (Gaaddisa Oromoo Manitoba). Right after she graduated from high school in 2003, Faiza begged her mother to take her to this place they called "OROMIA." Once in Oromia, Faiza spent her time visiting family and sightseeing - how beautiful the country was. At the same time, she could not escape the high level of poverty that existed in the area; especially, seeing children in that state was something she had not prepared for.

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More Gadaa.com REPORTS ...

 These are a list of past or on-going special reports and coverage by Gadaa.com ...


Gadaa.comResource on Oromo Refugees - News and reports on refugees fleeing Zenawi's terrorism in Oromia

Gadaa.comCelebrate Oromian Athletes - Celebrating Oromian elite long-distance athletes of the world

Gadaa.comProtesting Zenawi's Appearance at Columbia University - Complete Coverage

Gadaa.comIrreechaa Worldwide Celebrations - Coverage of worldwide Irreechaa ceremonies

Gadaa.comGadaa.com Interviews - Collection of Exclusive Interviews with Oromo-Related Newsmakers

Gadaa.comEebbisaa Addunyaa - Remembering the 14th Anniversary of His Execution

Gadaa.comIlaa fi Ilaamee - Oromo Reconciliation, Unity and Mobilization

Gadaa.comPolitical Persecution Against Oromo - Coverage of TPLF's Kangaroo Court Decision on Oromos

Gadaa.comResource on Nonviolent Struggle - Articles and other materials | The North African Revolutions

Gadaa.comOromo: Roles of Religions for Oromumma & Unity - Coverage of the Mid-Year OSA Conference

Gadaa.comEthiopia: General Election 2010 - Coverage of the May 2010 Elections | Post-Election 2010

Gadaa.comWhat's Next for the Oromo People" - Coverage of the 2010 OACC Conference

Gadaa.comOromia: Environmental in Peril - Cases of Environmental Destructions in Oromia

Gadaa.comOromo: The Nation Behind Bars - The 2009 IOYA March for Human Rights





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