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Oromia: Aliye Geleto Anota – Oromo Person of the Year 2010

Posted: Muddee/December 30, 2010 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (59)

For organizing and leading the Oromo community in Australia to great results, for championing and integrating Oromummaa in the community, and for role-modeling volunteerism in the greater Australia.

Mr. (Obbo) Aliye Geleto Anota was born in Oromia and migrated to Australia in January of 1999 through Kenya. Upon arriving in Australia, he took the opportunities available in the lucky country and focused on his education. Over the years, he has earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Network Computing from the Monash University, a Master of Commercial Law degree from the Deakin University, and a Master of Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University). He currently works as Head of the Information Technology Department in one of Melbourne’s highly regarded colleges.

Over the last four years, Mr. Aliye Geleto’s academic achievements and career growths were accomplished while he was also leading the Victoria’s Australian Oromo Community Association, established in 1984 by the first Oromo pioneers who migrated to Australia as refugees.

Organizing and Leading the Australian Oromo Community in Victoria
In November 2006 Mr. Aliye Geleto was elected as the president of the Australian Oromo Community Association in Victoria and has been an influential figure in implementing many positive changes for Oromo communities at large. He has been re-elected in July 2009 to lead the Association for additional three years.

The Australian Oromo Community Association holds regular annual events that motivate and uplift members of the community; it also unrelentingly advocates for Oromia and the Oromo people by exposing human rights abuses in Oromia and plights of refugees in the Horn of African region and adjacent countries.

Under the leadership of Mr. Aliye Geleto, the Australian Oromo Community Association has grown into a vibrant organization that can serve as a model for other Oromo community associations all over the globe. Mr. Aliye Geleto, and all other officials and volunteers of the Association exemplify how a team of dedicated individuals can impact, not only their local communities, but also the global Oromo communities.

For starters, the Association recognizes Oromo college/university graduates by holding a graduation ceremony in the presence of parents and other members of the community. This well-attended event celebrates the academic achievements of first-generation and subsequent generation Oromo immigrants in Australia. In 2010 the graduation ceremony was held for a fourth consecutive year.


After attending the 2007 graduation ceremony, Dr. Mohammed Hassen, the leading scholar of Oromo history, said in the March 2008 Newsletter of the Oromo Studies Association:

“From the beginning to the end the whole ceremony was truly exhilarating. It was a ceremony of joy, of recognition of achievements, display of the coming of age of the Oromo youth, when the wellspring of Oromo yearning for prayer and blessing was overflown with happiness, kindness of heart and their goodness as human beings and beauty of character was on display. The flood of feeling which welled up through the hall transformed the ceremony from an ordinary graduation to an exhilarating emotional time when the depths of Oromo patriotism overflowed with yearning for liberation of Oromia. I was carried on the wings of joy to the promised land of free Oromia, the time when our people are no longer subjected to daily massacre, imprisonment and torture; plunder of property, endless degradation, shameful abuses, dehumanizing humiliation, under the tyranny of the wretched of the earth. For a few moments, I tested the sweet and fresh air of free Oromia in my mind.”

In addition to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of graduates, the Association also holds workshops targeted towards the youth; and the workshops are provided by Oromo professionals in the areas of education, employment and the law. Such workshops are great examples of how Oromo professionals can give back to the community by helping young Oromos get exposure to various areas of specializations.

Championing and Integrating Oromummaa in the Community


Under Mr. Aliye Geleto’s leadership, Victoria’s Australian Oromo community has embarked on a new chapter. The highly anticipated Oromia @ Federation Square is an example of the new chapter. An Oromo cultural festival, including food, a fashion parade, music and dances, Oromian coffee ceremony and many more, and held at the largest square in Melbourne, Oromia @ Federation Square was just held for a third time on December 19, 2010 in the presence of Oromo community members and dignitaries of the Australian government as well as other festival attendees. This year’s event also included a reenactment of the Irreechaa ceremony.

The annual Oromia @ Federation Square has become the event where Oromummaa is celebrated with the global village.

Just before this year’s Oromia @ Federation Square was to be held, members of the Australian Oromo community – dressed in cultural attires – hit the Melbourne rush-hour streets to distribute pamphlets about the upcoming event and to increase the awareness about the Oromo people. It is commitments such as these that propel a community towards excellence and great results.


Mr. Aliye Geleto is also the Ambassador of the Oromo in Australia. Together with delegates of Oromos from various States in Australia, he met with representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, the capital city of Australia, in April 2010.

Regarding the meeting, Mr. Aliye Geleto wrote:

“The meeting was arranged to discuss a vast number of issues regarding current level of persecution towards the Oromo people in Ethiopia and neighboring countries. The meeting was very fruitful, and a number of issues relating to human rights violations by the current regime were tabled and discussed at the meeting.”

Role-Modeling Volunteerism in the Greater Australia
Besides serving the Oromo community, Mr. Aliye Geleto also volunteers in the greater Australian community. For instance, under the leadership of Mr. Aliye Geleto, members of the Australian Oromo Community Association in Victoria (AOCAV) had shown a great sense of commitment to help their fellow Australians affected by the bushfire in February 2009 by making financial contributions to the fund established to assist with the rehabilitation of the victims of the Black Saturday bushfire. A number of the community members also volunteered and participated in various projects undertaken by the Red Cross and SES (the State Emergency Services) in the bushfire-affected areas.

Mr. Aliye G. Anota gives interview to a local TV station. Sign reads “Oromia: Valley of Tears.”

In July 2009 Oromia was represented at the Harmony Day March in Melbourne, where Oromos joined thousands of Victorians to celebrate multiculturalism, oppose racism and support diversity in Victoria, Australia. Mr. Aliye Geleto was interviewed by the local television station about the Oromo people during the march.

In June 2009, in recognition of his invaluable contribution and service to local communities, Mr. Aliye Geleto and two other Oromo community leaders were awarded Certificates of Appreciation from the Hon. Kevin Rudd, the Prime Minister of Australia, at a special award ceremony held at the Melbourne Bowling Club.

It is with great pleasure and pride that Gadaa.com recognizes Mr. Aliye Geleto as the OROMO PERSON OF THE YEAR 2010 for organizing and leading the Oromo community in Australia to great results, for championing and integrating Oromummaa in the community, and for role-modeling volunteerism in the greater Australia. Thank you, and all other officials, volunteers and elders of the Australian Oromo Community Association in Victoria for your invaluable service to local communities as well as the global Oromo community.

Closing with Mr. Aliye Geleto’s own remarks from July 2009:

“A person can pray all day long for things to happen, but if they do not take some action, they will not see any results. We can reach our goals and dreams if we turn our focus and energy to pursue those goals and dreams. Get up and take some action. From our actions, we learn and grow.”


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  1. Islander

    Dec 30, 10 at 7:40 am

    Congratulation Mr Aliye Geleto and your colleague for your wonderful achievement. We all know the hard-working of your community that can be the role model for other Oromo community throughout the world.

  2. Walli

    Dec 30, 10 at 8:06 am

    What a great job, congrtulation Mr Ali G this is a great acheviement. this is a good example, if we all work hard we can overcome the obsticle the oromoo are faceing today.

  3. WAKO

    Dec 30, 10 at 8:09 am

    Wow! Really you are a person of the year.Thank you Gadaa.com for your great job to conect and to address the ambition of the oromo people.We are looking the leadre like Mr.Aliye Geleto the future hope of the oromo people but not for oromo community in Australia.Thankyou Mr.Geleto including your friends,for your knowledge,time,eneryand money that you dedicate for your people.I believe the work you did in Australia is for the whole oromo throughout the worldI read a phrease form your closing speech said that GET UP AND TAKE SOME ACTION that phrease is enough for me, enough already to blame somebody eles we have to do something individual or in group. Thankyou evrybody.

  4. Nelson M.

    Dec 30, 10 at 8:10 am

    Nice achievements excellent contribution, thank you!
    Congrats! & Jabadhuu Obbo Aliye Geleto !

  5. Simee

    Dec 30, 10 at 8:17 am

    Congratulations to Mr. Geletoo from Finland ……

    I dont know this brilliant dude in person , but I have read his commitment to taking forward the Australian Oromo Community where it is today . We need more dedicated Oromo scholars like him.

    Keep it up!

  6. Barii

    Dec 30, 10 at 8:58 am

    My congratulation goes to Obbo Aliye Geleta and his colleagues for the work they have done and their achievements. And my thanks goes to Gadaa.com for venturing out of the traditional way of focusing on politicians to select person of the year. Real and tangible action takes place at a community level, and those who transform their community deserve our sincerest thanks and respects.

  7. Gaachana1

    Dec 30, 10 at 8:58 am

    Congratulation Mr. Aliye you rally deserve it because your comitement and hardworking promotes nationalisim not only to the Autstralian Oromo’s but to all Oromos around the galobe. Thanks again & keep your dearm alive as usual let the rest learn from you more.

  8. Tula

    Dec 30, 10 at 9:00 am

    Congradulations Mr. Aliye

    I would like to thank Gada.com for leting us know this wonderful man, obbo aliye.

    It is always easy to find tens of hundrud thousands of people volunteering to work at good times but it is very difficult to get one willing to volunteer at hard times. Therefore, poople who are working a great job in such hard time are really those having extra ordinary perosnality.
    Mr Aliye u are our hero, our example who we should be able to learn from.


  9. Berki Teshome

    Dec 30, 10 at 9:31 am

    Congratulations Obbo Aliye. You deserve it. Gadaa.com has made a right choice.

  10. Shaashiituu Shoonee

    Dec 30, 10 at 9:40 am

    Absolutely marvelous and many thanks for turning things around and changing the curse in to the positive and flourishing achievements both for yourself and the community.

  11. Nurhussen Bale

    Dec 30, 10 at 10:43 am

    ***CONGRATULATION*** Strength and trust
    Leaders must both be skillful and trustworthy, that is, they must be strong and faithful. The absence of one of this two pillars in a leaders in a leader can seriously undermine organizations.
    From divided london.

  12. KB

    Dec 30, 10 at 11:20 am

    Congratulations Mr. Aliye, and Co.

  13. Argii Amani

    Dec 30, 10 at 12:03 pm

    Congra! Great example for the Oromo young generation to look at! My suggestion to the young: be the best in what ever you do, specially in your profession!

  14. FA

    Dec 30, 10 at 12:20 pm

    Mr. Aliye,
    You are simply amazing! Congratulations for your achievements! You are a role model not only for our people but also for the youngsters on the globe. Keep up your good work over and over. Wish you and the oromo community at large more strength of your kind.

  15. boona

    Dec 30, 10 at 12:55 pm

    Congratulation Obbo Aliye. I have been looking for some encouraging news and I found one for a while. Your effort shall bear fruit and encourage the young generation to move forward with a new dynamism that is missing in Oromo youth today. It is also uplifting for those who want to do something good but have ne way of carrying it out.

    Excellent job. I wish you success in all your efforts.

  16. Abdii Boruu

    Dec 30, 10 at 1:13 pm

    Haala nuyi Oromoon har’a keessa jirru yoon ilaalu fi hubadhu, dubbachuu, barreessuu, kan barreeffame dubbisuu; akkasumas kan dubbatame dhaggeeffannee, yoo nutti tole faarsuu; yoo nutti hin tolin ammoo balaaleffachuu; wal qeequu; quba walitti qabuu irraa kan hafe, wanta jedhame tokko illee hojiirra oolchinee, jijjiirama tokko agarsiisuun hin mul’atu. Kuni dhugaa abbaa fedhe jalaayuu dhokachuu hin dandeenye dha yoon jedhe dhara waan ta’u natti hin fakkaatu.

    Obboo Aliye Geleto, akkuma, “….get up and take some actions. From our actions, we learn and grow” dubbate ykn jedhe, yaada ykn dhaadannoo isaa kana hojiirra oolchee, akka jijjiiramni tokko mul’atu waan taasiseef, kunoo akka Oromoo cimaa bara 2010tti filatame. Hojii fi tattaaffii isaatu kanaan isa gahe. Gammachuun kuni ammoo kan Obboo Aliye qofaa otuu hin taane, kan sabboontota Oromoo, warra Oromummaatti amananii fi guddina isaatiifillee halkani fi guyyaa hojjetan, hundaatuu ta’uu qaba. Oromoon sabboonaa akkanaa barbaada.

    Carraa kanaan wanti tokko kanan jechuu barbaadu, yeroo ammaa yeroo rakkooleen adda addaa bifa garagaraatiin hawaasota Oromoo biyya alaa keessatti mumul’achaa jiranitti; yeroo namootni gaarreffatanii wal ilaalaa jiranitti; yeroo wal yakkuu fi maqaa wal balleessuun cimaa jirutti; yeroo hawaasota Oromoo tokko tokko keessatti wal qoqqooduun ifatti mul’achaa jirutti; hawaasa Oromoo bal’aa akka Austiraaliyaa kana waldaa isaa ciminaan hogganuu dhaan, hojii boonsaa agarsiisuun; hawaasa kana tokkoomsanii Oromummaa guddisuun; eenyummaa keenya beeksisuuf carraaquu fi tattaaffii walirraa hin cinne godhuun waan baay’ee dinqifatamuu qabu dha.

    Obboo Aliye fi hoggantoonni waldaa hawaasa kanaa ammoo waldaa kana sadarkaa kanarraan ga’uu fi Oromummaa guddisuun hawaasota Oromoo kan birootiif illee fakkeenya gaarii ta’uu qaba jedheen amana. Galanni guddaan Obboo Aliye qofaa dhaaf otuu hin taane, warra waldaa hawaasa Oromoo Austraaliyaa guddisuuf hojjetan hundaafuu ta’uu qaba. “A SUCCESSFUL TEAM IS A GROUP OF MANY HANDS BUT OF ONE MIND” This one mind is “Oromummaa”

    Dhumarratti, Obboo Aliye baga gammadde; baga filamte; hojii fi tattaaffii keetitu kanaan si gahe. Jabaadhu! Hojii boonsaa kana itti fufi, sabboonaa Oromoo! Waldaan hawaasa Oromoo Austiraaliyaas, walumaagalatti, hojii hundaafuu fakkeenya ta’u kana jabaadhaa itti fufaa. Waaqayyo/Rabbi bara haarayaa dhufu keessatti akka kana caalaa hojjettan isin haa gargaaru. Barri haarayaas kan nagaa, fayyaa, gammachuu fi uummata keenyaafis kan jijjiirama tokko nuuf fida haa ta’u.


  17. Tula

    Dec 30, 10 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks all,

    It is a great opportunity to express my feeling. Mr aliye become an example for those lots of talented and concerend oromos who want to work for the well-being of our people. However gat trapped in the underlying difficult situation they couldn’t fully discharge their responsibilities.
    But We the oromo community should learn how to uplift this kind people with talented, of extra-ordinary mental and pyschological strength. That is the only way we can get out of the yoke of operessions, poverty and backwardns.

    we should learn how to lobby for these kinds of individuals.


  18. Quxubee

    Dec 30, 10 at 3:15 pm

    It has been long since i have started to look up at Obbo Aliye geleto Anota. Every single thing you have been doing is inspiring and exemplary for anyone who wants to do something for his community, for that matter play positive role in this world. i wish those who just claim to be the leader without people to lead and goal to achieve learn something from you and wake up to open their eyes and learn a bit from you if they are actually serious about what they claim to be. Move on brother, millions are going to follow you. Leader’s unique character is achieving goals, hitting targets, less talk and slogans; their actions speak too much not their mouth!

  19. yaadasaa

    Dec 30, 10 at 3:41 pm

    What an achievement brother Ali, this is more needed, warmly welcomed and celebrated by all citizens of Oromia than the western world’s envisioned new discovery of the quantum computing system. What an encouraging, role modeling and motivating endeavorer!!!! Congratulations agin and again, God bless you, help you to keep it up, and Happy new year to all.
    Ulfina wojjin,

  20. kaka

    Dec 30, 10 at 4:04 pm

    wow Aliye good jobs

  21. Kumsaa

    Dec 30, 10 at 4:55 pm

    My heartfelt congratulations goes to Obbo Aliye. The Australian Oromo community is honestly a pride for the entire Oromo Diaspora and that fruit is surely the result of a good leadership practised by Mr Aliye. All others should follow the exemplary role of him and work towards unifying Oromo cause and nurture Oromo nationalism. If we all commit our time and energy for such goal like Mr Aliye, the plight of our peopl would have be already lessened. Thank you Aliye. Galatoomi

  22. qero

    Dec 30, 10 at 5:09 pm

    Congratulation Obbo Aliye Galeta Anota!!! Hojjan Lammii Offitif hojataan yeroo hunduma hojaa olaana fi senaa qabesaa dhaa. Baga kana rabii siin ga’ee funduratis iddo kana caalatii akka mulatu abdii qabena.

    Gadaa.com thank you so much for such marvelous work.


    Support the oromo people!!! the true leader!!! who brought up such a leader.


  23. Beka Boru Woya

    Dec 30, 10 at 5:50 pm

    Obbo Aliyyii Galatoo hujii boonsaa seenaan borullee ittiin si yaadatu keessattuu bara akka ilmaan abaaarsaa oromoonni itti hooggantoota siyaasaatiin faffacaafamaa jiran keessatti hawwaasa yaadaafi ilaalchaan gargar faca’e kana wolitti qabbdee hawaasa kee maqaa waamsisuu keetiin baga gammadde baga milkooftelle ammallee milkii itti fuuftu sii hawwa oromoonni si woliin hajjataanii milkii kana irra gayanillee gootota ,sabboontota tahuu isaanii seenaan ragaa baayeeraaf. gammachu bara baraa akka isaanii hawwu carraa kanaan ibsadha.

  24. Beka Boru Woya

    Dec 30, 10 at 6:52 pm

    First, I would like to Thank Gadaa.com for being such a wonderful media on Oromo and Oromian issues. Gadaa .com is good example for other Oromo medias. That is really great job and fair selection.

    Second, Congratulations! Mr. Aliye Geleto Anota for your achievements and successes you accompleshed so far! I do not know wether you are Made or Born Leader! From which ever catagory you may be, you are a great, respected and role model leader! It is not easy to get such recognition; it is because of your dedication, vision, mission and goals you set to achieve that gave you this recognition and respect. Being recognized, Loved and respected by your community is blessing! And what a blessed person you are.

    I hope many Oromo youth and leaders may learn and get some knowledge from you to serve our community all over the World! As a Leader must have a follower to be a leader, a leader has to be like Mr. Aliye Geleto Anota who has followers. He got such a recognition because of his community that follows and recognizes him.



  25. Bonni

    Dec 30, 10 at 7:34 pm

    Congratulation Obbo Aliye, we all prioud of you for your dedication and sacrifice for the Oromo cause. We meed a person like you who are willing to help and lead for the cause. I believe that there are tens of thousends of young and dedicated individuals out there but not shine yet. I am sure you are going to be good example for all of us to move forward and do something instead of simply sitting and complaining others. If we continue complaining others without doing our part we are really fulling our selves. Freedom can not be achieved without participation of all in certain levels. Australia Oromians participation and your contribution in particular is a great example for Oromos living in diaspora. So, continue with your effort no doubt we wil be free people some day, somehow.


  26. lammii Sabaa

    Dec 30, 10 at 9:51 pm

    Wow Wow Congratulation MR Aliye , this is agreat achevement and execllent contribution.
    Good example 4 our Leader
    thanks Gadaa.com

  27. Baayisa

    Dec 30, 10 at 10:34 pm

    To Obbo Aliye Geleto and his compatriaits in Melbourne, Australia, simply put, I am proud of you all!!!

    As we all know, the then senator and current President, Mr. Obama inspried others through the slogan: “Yes we can!”, and ultimately showed the world that it’s possible to do BIG thing–set U.S.A domestic and international policy that is differnet from that of the previous administartion in many fronts. If we each of us, OROMIANS, can make a new year resolution promise to ourselves, we too can do BIG thing–liberate our country from occpuation–decide the future of our nation

    Brother Aliye my advise to you and your comrades is stay the course and to NOT give up till liberation. YES WE CAN !!!

  28. Mosisaa Sabaa

    Dec 31, 10 at 4:10 am

    Obbo Aliyee Galatoo galata guddaa qabda qooda atin kaayoo saba Oromoo jala deemteef, horii buli, namaa sa’aan, qabeenyaan dagaagi.

  29. Galchu

    Dec 31, 10 at 4:18 am

    Guddoo galatoomaa gadaa.com fi aliyyii aanolee.

  30. siinqee

    Dec 31, 10 at 4:34 am

    congratz ali, u deserve this, and I hope this will set you off for the next year. we are hoping that you will be growing younger and younger to lead us even for longer. Not to say we do not know democracy, but because you are much needed in our society and can bring lots of achievement to us. we love you deeply. once again congrats. you deserve it.

    I would also love to snatch this opportunity to thank the Gadaa.com personnels and other judges in taking the time to make the right decisions. You really are working for the people. Nothing more can be said but a gruff thank you.

    In addition to that I would like to wish each and every oromo a fabolous and unique year. A year of prosperity , joy, achievements and loads of blessings from The Almighty. Waandhi Bilisumma as nuuf ha dhiheessu.


  31. Shaaqaa Shoonee

    Dec 31, 10 at 4:57 am


    As Obbo Aliye knowledgeably and wisely converted the prevailing curse on the Oromos in to the flourishing opportunities and the new possibilities, Oromo leaders all over the world as well as in Ethiopian should also try to be visionary, knowledgeable, wise and convert the prevailing negativism in to the possible opportunities rather the keeping divided and playing the victim role to pleas the diverse traditional and the new cunning fox brutal oppressors. We one and ONLY one common house is which Oromumma and the Oromo house.

    If we have the knowledge and the necessary wisdom we would convert our great diversities in to the great opportunities as to provide the rightful and deserved PLACE IN THE SUN for the great OROMO nation’s salvation. In practice this means that all those Oromos who are good Christians will SCAN and bring from the christian experience everything positive to the common Oromo home. The good Muslims will bring everything positive from the Muslim experience. The good Waqeffatas will bring everything positive from the Waaqefata experience,etc. The same goes for all the other diversities which could be converted in to opportunities and help in building the common home and the common nation. This is neither rocket science nor astrological speculations! This is how successful and accommodating welfare societies and nations of the Nordic countries achieved great peaceful social, economic and political successes and justices for all.

    The strategy of OROMO enemies are exactly the opposite, that is to say, wishing and working day and night so that Oromos keep divided along religion, region, etc. as to be powerless and disabled divided slaves and refugees of no values. If we are meaning to be liberated and liberate we need to individually and collectively defy the enemy strategy in order to implement the Oromo strategy just like Obbo Aliye is doing.

    Knowledge can be acquired from schools and through formal reading but wisdom can be acquired from the society as it has been passed down from generation to generation down to the current generation.

    “The history of liberty is the history of resistance” ~Woodrow Wilson

  32. Bulcha kassa

    Dec 31, 10 at 5:19 am

    akka obboo abddi boruu yeroo tokko jedheeti diina humna cimma qabu mooyaachuudha humna cimma kan diini isaa qabu kan caaluu qabaachuu qaba. iyyuumma oromoon keessa jirtu keessa bayyuudhaafi ilmma cimma kan yaada sooreesaa akka obboo Aliye baayyee barbaachisaadha. yaa ilmma oromoo gaammachuun keenya baayyee dha biqiila kan utuubbaa seenaa ta’u danda’u arguun nuuf akka bilisummaan keenya abjjuu ta’ee hin afnne ta’u isaa nu agarsiisa. yaa ilmma oromoo jabeenyi kee lafee abbaa keetitirra akka dhufe offummma keeti agarsiisa jirta jabadhu ilmman oromoo kan biroo moo siraa baratani. kuni mooyaa guddaadha kan karaa nuuf banu yoo ibsaa kan karaa caraa gara funduraa nu agarsiisudha. baga gamade warrii waldaa hawasaa austrilia keessa hundumtu fakkeenya guddaa ta’aa jirtu jabadha jabadha. itti fufaa. oromiyaa shall be free. ni moona ni moona..

  33. obsa

    Dec 31, 10 at 5:20 am

    This teaches as how individual talents are important in mobilizing a group of people to achieve some goal. May GOD give us more talented individuals that can effectively lead our national struggle for independence!!!!!!!

  34. dhuga

    Dec 31, 10 at 9:35 am

    Congratulation obbo Geleto and the Australian Oromo Community!!!! You are the best example for all ordinary oromos and for our the so called LEADERS. If we mobilize all our Resources and Eneergy we can achieve more and come to our target Libration of Oromo and Oromia. Austral;ia GO ON do not be dissappointed from other Oromos of this world. Together and with one Willing you may move us foreward!!! Congratulation again!!! Waaqayyo , Rabbii tokkumma keesaan isiiniif haa Eegu ha Jabesus!!

  35. KOFALE1

    Dec 31, 10 at 10:20 am

    Duraan dursee Gadaa.com midia dhugaa oromoo jajjabeessuufi woldhabiinsa oromoo hafarsee daraan akka finiintuuf saba ta’uu irraa of qusatanii sab boonummaa isaaniifi oromummaa isaanii karaa oromoo jajjabeessu irratti hundaayanii hojjachuu isaaniif galata guddaa oromoota irraa qabdan isiniin jedha.
    itti aansee Obbo Aliyyii baayyee si dinqisiifadha(si jajadha) Oromoo hooggantoonni siyaasaa fedhii isaaniitiif jecha bakka heddutti cicciran akka wol shakkan akka borullee woliin hojjachuu hin dandeenne godhanii woli shakkisiisan kana tokko gootee waan gaarii maqaa kee waan gaariin adunyaa irratti akka lallabamu gochuu keetiif nama addaa oromoo jedhee si faarsuu fedha yeroo ammaa oromoota waan hamaa hojjatan jedhamee lallabamaa jira kee ammoo waan gaariin lallabamuu keetitti gammanneerraa jabinna kana tiffadhu tiffadhu tiiffadhu siin jedha oromoota si woliin milkaayaniinillee baga milkooftan baga gamman baga injifattan naa jedhiin.

  36. kabato Hussein

    Dec 31, 10 at 10:50 am

    Congutulation! Mr Aliy for your great job and wish you all the best and happy new year to you and for your community. you are model of oromo communities keep on it this wonderfull job.

  37. Odaa

    Dec 31, 10 at 1:35 pm

    Obbleessa keenya Galatoo baga gammadee! Waaqayyoo amalee akka Museen saba isaa (isra’eliin) gabrummaa Misir jalaa baase attis akkasumma saba kenya Oromoo afaan wayyanee keessaa baasuuf nama yeroo hundumaa amanamummadhaan hojjetu si haa taasisu. Jecha kee keessa kanan jalladhe ” namni yeroo hundumaa waaqayyoon kadhatu yoo tarkanfii tokko hanguma kadhatu sana adeeme malee bu’aa hin qabu” bayy’ee gaariidha maliif jenaan waaqayyoo warra hojjetan wajjin hojjeta malee warra rafu irraa dhima hin qabu. Ati namoota bay’eedhaaf fakkeenya gaarii taatee jirta. Yeroo ama nama odeessu otuu hin ta’in Oromoof kan barbaachisu nama akka kee kannatti hojjetuudha! Eegaa jaabadhu buli, ija bayy’ee godhadhu. Ija hamtuu irraa si yaa eegu! Ani dhunfaa kooti waaqayyoon siifan kadhadha!
    Oromoon tokko taanaan garaa kan nutti fakkate lafa diriiraa ni ta’a. Tokkummaan immoo garaadhaan, kayyoodhaan, ilaalchaan, kutannoodhan ta’uu qaba.
    Yeroo hundummaa Waaqayyoon, Oromoo ta’uu keetiin, Aadaa keetiin Booni! Ogummaa gudaan garuu waaqayyoon sodachuu ta’uu isaa hin dagatin (Macaafa Fakkeenya 1:7)

    Bakka ifni hin jirretti karaa adeemuun nama dhiba. Kanaaf yaa warra Gadaa.com ibsituu karaa waan taataniif galatoomaa! Horaa, badhadhaa, bulaa jiraadha. Amalee ifni keessan haa itti fufu!

    Waaqayyo warra garaa, fayyidaa qoofaaf bulanni sabaaf, seenaa Oromoo gurguran dhaloota keenya hin godhin. Warra rakkina Oromoo irra ga’aa jiruuf inaafnu, keessi keenya booba’u nu haa godhu!


    Odaa Norge irraa

  38. Akkana

    Dec 31, 10 at 4:05 pm

    Dhuga dhala Oromo.Abo jiraadhu,umuri dheeradhu Aliye. warri ija gaariin ilaaltaniiisa filtanis nuu jiraa dhaa

  39. BEST NEWS OF 2010

    Dec 31, 10 at 5:50 pm

    We have been thirsty to hear good news like this for years. Bilisummaa and Oromummaa doesn’t come by yelling at each other on Paltak. What Mr. Aliye did was what every Oromo needs to do to LIFT up our community.

    We don’t need political bickering but we do need to know how to solve our problems and move the community forward.

    This is an education and role model for our community around the globe. Possible Mr. Aliye can share his experiences with us.


  40. Duressa Nure

    Dec 31, 10 at 8:04 pm

    Congratulation ali and all Oromo People in Australia and in the world.

    You really deserve it. Keep up.

  41. Kedir Koyya

    Dec 31, 10 at 8:10 pm

    Congratulation Ali.

    I am happy to know that you are selected oromo person of the year 2010. we wish you the best, well done, go for it. we proud of you and if any regard or support u need we are behind you at the same time happy new year.

  42. Ganamo kurfo

    Dec 31, 10 at 8:14 pm

    Ali congradualtion to be the person of the year 2010.

    I am happy to know that and I know you became the great leader like Mr Obama.

    keep it up.

  43. GurbaMelbourne

    Jan 1, 11 at 1:18 am

    Akkam jirtu Oromo in diaspora gotta say Mr Geleto your a champion and a role model for many many people, congrats to you and the rest of your committee, a leader is born not made as some say, and Mr Geleto is a born leader keep doing what u doing Mr President we are all behind you in Melbourne 100%

  44. Amane kassim

    Jan 1, 11 at 6:08 pm

    Duraan dursee Obbolessa kennaa Aliyyi Galato baga gammadee sin jedha. akkasumaas wantii atii Hawaasa Oromo kessattii dalagaa jirtuus dhugumaan heddu waan nama gammachisuu, kanafuu ammalle irraa deebi,ee bagaa gammadde sin jedhaa.
    As oromo we all proud of you excellent job….

  45. Elias Duli

    Jan 1, 11 at 7:45 pm

    Yaa ilma Oromo Aliyii Galatoo baga gamadde.
    Yes, Aliye Galato deserves more than man of the year based on what he and the rest of Australian Oromo did.
    Excellent work keep it up.

  46. Bultum Waquma

    Jan 2, 11 at 1:04 am

    kana dubbiin

  47. Abbaa Faayoo

    Jan 2, 11 at 2:11 am

    Obboleessa keenna Aliyyi Galato baga gammanne.Kana gayuu keetiif si otoo hin tahin nu warra dalagaa kee ala teenneee xiinxalaa turree fi warra dinqisiifataa turretu siif gammade.Tollii fi tattaaffiin ati ummata keetiif goote nu boonsitee akka siin gammannu nu goote.Jiraadhu jabaadhu ammallee hojii sabboonummaa dhugaa kee kana itti fufi.Ayyaanni Oromoo si waliin haa jiraatu.

  48. Magarsaa

    Jan 2, 11 at 2:21 am

    wow! It’s incredible! Congratulations Mr. Aliye.

  49. Point Eight!

    Jan 2, 11 at 12:01 pm

    Obbo Aliye is a very good example in fulfilling the EIGHTH point of the following 10 principles:

    “…….Hello Oromo! Here is my attempt to find ten important principles we need to practice to attain our Bilisummaa. We can improve on them and then have them always in mind in order to live accordingly. Do your best to improve!

    1. Think, talk and walk always in the interest of Oromo nation Oromia, but oppose those against our interests.
    2. Promote Afaan Oromo in speaking and writing, but avoid temptations which make you prefer other languages.
    3. Study, advocate and promote Amantii Oromoo aka Waaqeffannaa, but oppose those denigrating it.
    4. Attain and maintain Tokummaa Oromoo for Bilisummaa, but oppose all those who sow discord among Oromians.
    5. Respect the affiliation of Oromo to their region, party and religion, but oppose those playing with them to divide Oromos.
    6. Have a picture of Biyya Oromoo always in mind and struggle for its sovereignty, but oppose those who act against our sovereignty and freedom.
    7. Be patriotic or love your fatherland and have an understanding for other nations who do the same, but oppose those who fight against our patriotism or sabboonummaa.
    8. Be excellent in your profession like our athlete Qananisaa Baqqalaa and our scientist Professor Gabbisaa Ejjetaa so that the world will be proud of you, but oppose those who denigrate our heroes.
    9. Support a possible Union with our neighbouring nations, but oppose “unity” which is at the cost of our liberty.
    10. Do your best to promote Oromia culturally, economically and politically, but oppose all sorts of foreign looters and oppressors in Oromia!

    In short form the important points are:

    1) Oromo’s Interest
    2) Afaan Oromo
    3) Amanti Oromo
    4) Tokkummaa Oromo
    5) Oromo Affiliation
    6) Biyya Oromo
    7) Subboonummaa Oromo
    8) Oromo’s Excellence
    9) Union with neighbours
    10) Promotion of Oromia…….”

  50. Abdii Boruu

    Jan 2, 11 at 2:56 pm

    Don’t exaggerate (Fayyis?),

    It is good that you quoted the 10 principles here and reminded us to read them again. I remember these principles were once written by Fayyis Oromia in his article.

    Let us not exaggerate here!
    How do you know OR how can you be sure that Obbo Aliye does fulfil the points 3) Amanti Oromo and 9) Union with neighbours?

  51. Peter

    Jan 2, 11 at 3:08 pm

    Congratulations Mr. Geleto!

  52. Abdii Boruu

    Jan 3, 11 at 5:54 am

    Yaada (January 2, 2011 @2:56pm) maqaa Abdii Boruutiin dhiyaate ilaalchisee:

    Yaadni kun badaa fi kan nama tuqus ta’uu baatullee, akka tasaa ta’ee, maqaa kiyyaan (maqaa akka kootiitiin) waan dhiyaateef, akka dubbiftootni hubatanan barbaada.

    Tokkoffaa, akka tasaa yoo ta’e malee, namootni otuma beekanuu maqaa nama biraatiin yaada ofii dhiyessuun sirrii miti.
    Lammaffaa, yaada asitti dhiyaate kanas ilaalchisee, akka Obboo/Aaddee Point Eight! dhiyeessetti, Obboo Aliyen ulaagaalee (qabxiilee) asitti dhiyaatan kanaan madaalamuu isaa fi isaan kanas guutuu fi guutuu baachuu isaa wantin beeku hin jiru. Ulaagaalee inni ittin filatame maal akka ta’an hin beeku jechuu kooti. Akka yaada kiyyaatitti, qabxiilee asitti dhiyaatan kurnan kanallee wanti Oboo Aliyen akka ulaagaatti hin guutneef hin jiru jedheen yaada.
    Sadaffaa, nama yaada dhiyeessu tokko abalummaa isaa (eenyu akka ta’e) sirriitti otuu hin beekin ati kana, ati sana, ati Abaluu dha,…. jechuun gaarii miti jedheen amana.
    Afraffaa, ani yoo dirqama (exceptional) ta’e; yoo yaadni tokko barruu ani dhiyeessurratti Afaan biraatiin (Afaan Ingiliziitiin) kenname malee, barruus ta’ee yaada koo kanan dhiyeessu Afaanuma keenyaan – Afaan Oromootiini.


  53. Point Eight

    Jan 3, 11 at 6:50 am

    Abdii Boruu,
    you misunderstood me! I just wanted to say, he fullfilled ONLY the EIGHTH point, not necessarily all the ten points! Read the first sentence I wrote, before quoting Fayyis Oromia’s nice 10 points!

  54. Qubee Halloo

    Jan 3, 11 at 8:06 am

    Gadaa.com galatoomaa. Murtii sirriidha. obbo Aliye atis baga gammadde. Dalagaa gaarii raawwateeti. Garuu gahaa miti borus ka kana caalu sirraa egna.
    Oromoonni biroo yaada kennattan nama dalagaa garri dalage galateeffachuu fi jajjabeessuun karaa guddinaati itti jabaadha. Garuu:
    1.Nama lubbuun jiru tokko wayita faarsitan boruf if qusadhaa. Boru gaabbuu maltuuti
    2.Dhala namaatiif hojii xumurarratti malee eegala irratti “excellent” hin kenniinaa. Boru waan kana caalu yoo dalage qaphxii kennitaniif dhabduuti. Keessumaayyu “point eight”.
    3. Warra waan xiqqaatti mirqaanee sirbu hin ta’iinaa, waan xiqqaatti rifattanii na dhoksaa jettuutii.
    4. Dalagaa boonsaa namni kun raawwate faarsuu qofa osoo hin taane, tooftaa maalii, qabeenya akkamii fayyadamee akka raawwate gaafadhaati isinis naannoo keessanitti karaa hojiitti hiiktan barbaadaa.
    5. Nama yeroo faarsitan “abalu” waan ta’eef hin faarsinaa. Dalagaa isaa ka biroo bira qabaati faarsaa malee. Yoo namni biroo waan kana fakkaatu garuummoo ka caalu yoo dalagee akkasitti faarsuu diddan hamilee nama sanaa xuqxuuti.
    Duuchaadhumatti uummata yeroo faarsinus ta’e yeroo abaarru daangaa hin qabne hin ta’iinaa.

  55. abdi texan

    Jan 5, 11 at 9:31 am

    Congratulation to Mr . Geleto !! . I hope this is alot to hime even to do more, and even it is hope for others who wanna follow his foot or following. So keep it on bro………

  56. burka midaso

    Jan 7, 11 at 6:58 pm


  57. khadiir

    Jan 9, 11 at 1:39 am

    congratulation mr Aliyyii Galatoo.
    please go adead and countnue ………………………….

  58. Angessaa Bareechaa

    Jan 22, 11 at 2:10 am

    Obboo Aliyyii Galatoo baga gammadde!! Ammas fuuldura biyyii fii sabni guddaan gaanfa Aafrikaa waa guddo sirraa eegatti jabaadhu milkaa’i

  59. Richard

    Jan 25, 11 at 6:20 am

    Congratulations!!! A million times! You really did it! Yes, ACTION ACTION ACTION!!!! That’s what we need!
    Let us try as much as we can to focus on what we are thankful for and what we want in our lives and for our people. We should want more, we should give more as Aliye did.