Oromo TV: Interview with Dr. Gemetchu Megerssa on Knowledge, Identity and the Colonizing Structure
On July 4th, 2013, Oromos gathered in Minnesota to celebrate the 50th Golden Jubilee of artist Dr. Ali Mohammed Birra. As a lifelong friend and compatriot, Dr. Gemetchu Megerssa was in the U.S. to be a part of this celebration. He was also the keynote speaker. Prior to the celebration, we caught up with Dr. Gemetchu and engaged him in a conversation about his work and life. He generously shared with us the wealth of knowledge he has gained as an anthropologist over the last 40 years. This is part one of a discussion that covers a broad range of topics. In this first part, Dr. Gemetchu discusses his life and work, the legacy of the Afran Qallo cultural movement, Ali Birra’s work, and his understanding of Oromummaa.
The following individuals contributed to the rich discussion with Dr. Gemechu:
Dr. Ezekiel Gebissa
To accompany the lively discussion on Oromo history, culture and identity, here are some documents/articles for further reference (references provided by Gadaa.com).
- Anga’a Dhugumaa’s Articles:
- Being and Becoming Oromo: Historical and Anthropological Enquiries (edited by Paul Trevor William Baxter, Jan Hultin, Alessandro Triulzi)