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Oromo TV: Interview with Dr. Gemetchu Megerssa on Knowledge, Identity and the Colonizing Structure

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Oromo TV: Interview with Dr. Gemetchu Megerssa on Knowledge, Identity and the Colonizing Structure

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
Ayantu Tibeso
Jawar Mohammed
Hashim Adam
Girma Taddese
Birhanemeskel Segni


To accompany the lively discussion on Oromo history, culture and identity, here are some documents/articles for further reference (references provided by

– Anga’a Dhugumaa’s Articles:

Gadaa: An Oromo Democracy and the Symbol of Oromo Civilization (ODAA AND BOKKU)
The QALLU Institution
Gubaa – The Oromo Thanksgiving Bonfire

Abbaa Liban Dabbasaa Guyyoo on the Oromo Calender and Gadaa Civilization (Video by FT)

Book – “Oromo religion: myths and rites of the Western Oromo of Ethiopia, an attempt to understand” by Lambert Bartels

History of the Afran Qalloo Cultural Movement | Ali Birra: The Voice of an Era

Abbaa Liiban Dabbasaa Guyyoo: Yaayyaa Shanan

Pictures/Videos: Gumii Gaayoo, Odaa Roobaa, Odaa Nabee and Odaa Bultum – Oromo Gadaa Legislative Assemblies

Being and Becoming Oromo: Historical and Anthropological Enquiries (edited by Paul Trevor William Baxter, Jan Hultin, Alessandro Triulzi)

The Late Abdullahi Jirma’s Timeless Oromo Tunes (The “Ali Birra of the Oromo in Kenya”)

Ali Birra: Assaabalee



Comments (5)

  1. dhugassa baalee said,

    July 18, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    Tv oromoo galni keesan balisummaa haata, u jecha haswaa hayuu keena dr gamchuu waan gudda nama barsisa kanaafi jechaa yoo kan dandamu tae oromootta afaan englefaa hin dhageenyeefiafaan oromootti traneslat akka gootaan kabajaan issn gafadha

  2. Keebek said,

    July 18, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    What an amazing interview! Thank you so much our Hayyuu Dr. Gamachu and our smart young Oromo activists for your wise utilization of all the opportunities that comes to you and contributing in building process of Oromumma! VIVA Oromia!

  3. Xaafaa said,

    July 18, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    Very interesting one! Really oromos are very lucky to have people like Dr. Gemechu Magarsa and Ali Birra.! I’m very proud of them.

  4. chala said,

    July 19, 2013 @ 4:45 am

    very proud to Dr Gamechu Magarsa amazing !!!!!!!!

  5. Caamso said,

    July 19, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    Hedduu Glatooma, keessattuu Dr. Gamachuu Magarsaa! Beekumsa kufamee, kan nama aja’ibsiisu qaba dr. Magarsaan.
    Maaliif garuu Maqaa Dr. Gamachuu sirriitti hin katabne? Maqaanis Afaan Ingiliffaatti ni jijjiiramaa?? (See Dr. Gemechuu Megersaa)