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Oromia: The Oromo Community of Chicago Featured on Chicago Public Radio

Posted: Onkoloolessa/October 20, 2010 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (15)

The Oromo Community Association in Chicago was featured on Chicago Public Radio’s Worldview program on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Listen below the full segment of the program on the Oromo people, the Oromo Community Association in Chicago, and the benefit jazz concert that the Association will hold on October 24, 2010.

From the Chicago Public Radio:
There are an estimated 40 million Oromo in Ethiopia, which makes them the nation’s largest ethnic group. Their numbers extend into Kenya and Somalia as well. Yet, despite their wide influence in the Horn of Africa, many people have never heard of the Oromo. Seenna Jimjimo of Chicago’s Oromo Community Association and Kadiro Elemo talk with Jerome about the Oromo culture, the struggle for independence and the local Oromo community in Chicago.



EVENT: Jazz for Peace Concert for the Oromo Community Association
When: Sunday October 24, 2010, 6:00pm
Where: Unity Lutheran Church 1212 W. Balmoral Avenue, Chicago, IL.

For tickets, call 773-653-5056.

More details about the event – click here.


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  1. Gammadee Rafaa

    Oct 20, 10 at 10:18 pm

    God bless all Oromos living in Chicago. Akkas malee. Waan nuti isin irraa baranne inni guddaan, yoo xiqqaatan waan hedduu dalaguu ni dandaa’ama. Waan isin dalagaa irtan hedduu nama gammachiisa. Isa qawween 1000 dirree irraa hojjetu caalaa isa isin Raadiyoo kanaan dabarsitantu daran caala.

    Jiraadha! Umuriin keessan haa dheeratu. Horaa! Badhaadhaa!
    Ammas daran itti fufa.

    Oromiyaan ni bilisoomti!

  2. qero

    Oct 20, 10 at 10:45 pm


    That is a wonderful step, Jabadha!!!!

    One thing I want to mention is the Absinyan are thinking as if they own us and they believe the principle of Hile Silasie “one language, one religion and on people” igonoring our diversity. If we work hard like this we can change thier attitude and we will also be reconized by the world.

    I realy appreciate your efforts, that is realy supporting the oromo people.

    thank you so much,

  3. KB

    Oct 21, 10 at 2:01 am

    It is interesting to see the long shadow the Ethiopian empire cast all the way to Chicago. At least these two outstanding Oromos, and their colleagues made a dent into that thick armor called Ethiopia. Great!

  4. Waqjiraa Gudataa

    Oct 21, 10 at 7:00 am

    VIVA our Oromo Community in Chigago!!,
    Galatooma for such Historical Effort for being our voice for our cause in a way as such well planned and informative about our potential population, our cultural value and our national struggle for peace, freedom and the role of Independent Oromia that makes a difference in the Horn for Stability and Development.
    I listened the programme with too imotional feeling for such a wonderful articulated debate a more like an Oromia Embassy. Yes, you are our heros and we the Oromo nation proud of you. Thanks! Indeed.

  5. AbdiibiyyaaII

    Oct 21, 10 at 7:18 am

    WOW, I can not thank you guys enough, indeed, it is great thought and accomplishment, i hope the rest of us follow the suit.This is something practical we apply to win the heart of western .

  6. Asafa Jalata

    Oct 21, 10 at 7:49 am

    Dear Seenna and Kadiro,
    Dear members of the Oromo Community Association in Chicago,
    I am proud of you, and you are doing wonderful things for your people and country, Oromia. Your struggle is producing measureable results. keep up working hard and organizing your community effectively. Victory only belongs to those who take couragoeous actions like what you are doing. Please continue to disseminate the Oromo culture and history through various avenues.

    Please also continue to build your association that will be a building block for the consolidation of the Oromo national movement in the Diaspora. The more we are organized, the more we promote our national cause. It is also important that you continue to build Oromummaa, Oromo national identity, culture and nationalism. I am very impressed how both of you explained Oromo issues, and every Oromo must be capabale to explain Oromo issues to others through Oromo lenses. These are the only ways we can defeat Ethiopian colonialism, Oromo collaborators and the corrupt international system that finances and supports Tigrayan ethno-fascism.

    Our victory is inevitable and Oromia shall be free!

  7. raayyaasabaa@yahoo.com

    Oct 21, 10 at 8:07 am

    This is my first time when i heard about Oromo in world view program. Mr. Jerome McDonnell host of world view i would like to thank you behalf of the entire Oromo people who are oppressed under Ethiopian leaders for the last one hundred years. We are Oromo not Ethiopia. Some people like Tom calming they are Oromo and talk behalf of Oromo which is unintelligent to mention himself as Oromo. 99.9 Oromo’s don’t believe themselves as Ethiopians. if they got chance to vote on it, they will vote for to be called as Oromo not as Ethiopia. My friend Tom knows very well about it.

  8. Odaa Roobaa

    Oct 21, 10 at 12:46 pm

    Dear Mr. McDonnell & Gadaa.com
    I know you may hear so much negativity on behave of what you aired about Oromo, this is not new for Oromo’s to hear from some narrow minded so called Ethiopian’s, those they can’t swallow the truth. If they could they try to do what they did to Kenyan public radio no to air the truth about Oromo struggle, but gladly WBEZ is not located in Africa & stands to let other know the truth. No more or less, we are Oromo, We are not Ethiopian us we never be!. And viva to Seena and Kadiro!!! Good job!! You are truly wonderful Oromo and you stand to tell the truth!!

  9. dhufuu

    Oct 21, 10 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you so much for your efforts. Thank you also for Mr. Jerome to stand for those voiceless. I am sure the Abyssinian will try to silence us here in USA too. I appreciate the hard work. I feel shame when we as Oromo don’t have a voice to the world, helpless that nobody knows about these wonderful people.
    The reason is we are not telling our story, the pain, and the darkness that the empire brought to us. We are in trauma more than 100 years of subjugation. The remedy to heal from the trauma is to tell the story on the radio as Seenna and Kadirodid, on the street or at the university and everywhere.
    I think we start to coming out of the trauma and we are telling our story. You have two got my respect and we have to continue in every town and village we live in.

  10. biftu bari

    Oct 21, 10 at 10:24 pm

    First of all my most thanks goes to Jerome McDonald and his team at worldview…it is long coming but they did it so thank you from the bottom of my heart. this concert main goal is awareness about Oromo people and Oromo communities here in states. i want to tell the Oromo people that tries hard day iin day out to educated people who Oromos are. I say to you, I salute you. you may get tired, worn-out, angered by many setbacks, fearful by some of your actions, heartless by the giving you gave to your community but remember your fight is for those who died to educate us so we wont be lost. because of their hard work yester we are proud to call yourself oromo, because of your hard work today our kids would be proud to call themselves oromo.so please don’t for a minute think you have wasted a second of your time

    for those who claim oromo but disputes the cause of oromo i say to you…even if you believe in Tophianzation/Abyssinian view please speak the truth. Maybe you are one of those pupate that lived good life by selling other Oromos but now your are in free country. The Oromo cause my take years but it would come true, the Oromo people will be free at the end. Free at lst free at last.
    To you Chicagoen, keep up the great you always do, to those who do extra, go extra mile to educate about oromo thank you, I salute you again and again.

  11. Aduu Barii

    Oct 22, 10 at 12:15 am

    Abbaan Iyatu malee Ollaan iyya hin bahuu jetti Oromoon

    First of all thank you Jerome McDonnell, you did not air Oromo community voice; you aired the voice of all oppressed people in the world. I thank you again and again, may God bless your job, you and your family.
    Seennaa and Kadiiroo what a wonderful job! you lifted all oromos up, may Allah accept all your good deeds and forgive all your sins. This is what we all Oromos need to do. even if, we are small in number, it is not the number that matters it is our hard work that will mobilize the majority. Oromos wherever we are let us speak up and make our voice heard all over the world. In such a way will achieve our ultimate goal bilisuma. Let us leave aside our political differences as a nation we are oromos in front of the word; let the wolrd hear us, speak about us, wonder about our culture, language, our gada system, and so many noble things about oromo and oromia. We were free, we were born free but unfortunately we are not free; we will be free and our mother land Oromia will be amongest the sovereign countries in the word. think about being free and oppressed! freeeeeeeeeee Oromia

  12. Ajaa'iba

    Oct 22, 10 at 12:29 am

    Yaa Rabbii Ijoollee tana Ija irraa nuu hanbisii. An gama kiyyaan nama Waa’ee Oromoo Miidiyaa Addunyaa irraa Afaan Addunyaan dhageetuun qajeelotti itti hime yeroo duraaf dagayuun kiyya amumaan tana. Osoo silaa nutti cuftuu kana goone maaltu nu tufata ykn maaltu nu jalaa dhagayuu dida. Hardha Yaada ijoolee taniinii kaname yoon laaluu hangam Oromoon qaawa(tuffee) hafuura itti baafatu dhabuu isaatu natti muldhata. ka biraa ammoo Oromoon nama nuuf dubatu dhabnee fafaca’uu keena argga. Yaa Rabbi atti mee Oromoo worra wol dhagayu nuuf godhi.
    Ijoollee tana irraa yoon dubadha seenaa, aadaa, afaan Oromoo irraa yeroo gabaabduu (20 min) keessatti addunyaa akkanatti ibsuun isaanii waan Oromoon ganaa 40 ol biyya alaa teetee hin godhiin goote, tuuniin AMBAASSADARA OROMOOTI malee communit chicago tii miti. Mee hubadhaa laala maaltu waa’ee oromoo irraa hin dubataminitu hafe. SEENAA fi KADIIROON jiraadhaa. Dalagaa Oromoo boonsee akkanatti mataa nu ol qabe irraa homtuu of duuba isiin hin hanbisib.

  13. Abdii Boruu

    Oct 22, 10 at 1:26 pm

    Duraan dursee, sabboontonni keenya Seenaa fi Kadiro, baay’ee baay’ee galatoomaa. Uummanni Oromoo isiniin boonuu qabu. Dhugaa dubbachuu dhaaf, akkaataan isin waayee uummata keenyaa fi qabsoo bilisummaa keenyaa ibsitan baay’ee nama gammachiisa. Galannii keessan kan jechootaan ibsamu qofaa waan hin taaneef, kana bira illee dabree bilisummaa Oromoo haa ta’u.

    Eenyummaa, dhimma fi rakkoolee keenya adunyaatti ibsuun QBO bifa biraa waan ta’uuf, hawaasonni fi Oromonni biroo illee hojiin isin dalagdan ykn dalagaa jirtan kana akka fakkeenyaatitti fudhachuu fi karaa danda’ameen hojii akkanaa dalaguun dirqama Oromummaa ti jedheen amana. Waayee uummata ofii – aadaa, seenaa fi Afaan ofii beekanii ormaaf ibsuun hafee ofumaafuu beekuu dhaaf Oromoo meeqatu yaalii godhaa?

    Kanaaf, hojiin keessan kun firaafis ta’ee diinaaf ifa ta’uu qaba. Oromoon waayee kana hin beekne fi/ykn hin hubanne, hojii keessan kanarraa barachuu qaba. Habashoonnis, kan dhugaa kana hin beekne fi otuma beekanuu fudhachuus hin barbaadne, galgalaa fi ganama tokkummaa imiyyee Itoophiyaa isaanii weellisuu dhiisanii dhugaa jiru amanuu qabu. Jibbanis jaalatanis, bilisummaan Oromoo dhufuun isaa akka hin oolle beekuus qabu.

    Finally, I would also like to say many thanks to Mr. Jerome for showing such a great interest for our Oromo history, culture and language. I furthermore thank Mr. Jerome for standing for our voiceless people and featuring Oromo people in general and The Oromo Community Association in Chicago in particular on Chicago Public Radio’s Worldview program as well as advertising the benefit jazz concert that the Association will hold on October 24, 2010.

  14. oromo chicago

    Oct 23, 10 at 1:36 am

    There are an estimated 40 million Oromo in Ethiopia, which makes them the nation’s largest ethnic group. Their numbers extend into Kenya and Somalia as well. Yet, despite their wide influence in the Horn of Africa many people have never heard of the Oromo. Seenna Jimjimo of Chicago’s Oromo Community Association and Kadiro Elemo talk with Jerome about the Oromo culture, the struggle for independence and the local Oromo community in Chicago.

  15. Kumsaa

    Nov 9, 10 at 4:28 am

    Dear Chicago Oromo community,

    Thousand thanks for you marvellous job! This is the type of concrete activity that need to be emulated by all Oromo in Diaspora. Rather than bickering and spreading the seeds of animosity among our people, we should strive to win friends where ever we live. Heeddu galatoomaa!