The Oromo Anatomy of Finfinnee (Addis Ababa)

By Tesfaye Kebede When Menelik II annexed Finfinnee (now Addis Ababa) in 1886 and made it part of his Shoan Kingdom, Finfinnee's size was only 1863.13-hectares (ha.). By 1991, after at least three successive Abyssinian regimes and almost a hundred years, the size of Finfinnee grew by almost 800% to 13,763.3-ha. By 1991, most of the Afan Oromo original names of Finfinnee sub-regions were almost forgotten through the hundred years of colonization of Oromia under the Shoan Amhara. In 1886, Finfinnee spoke Afan Oromo only as it was the sacred land of the Galan and Gulele clans of the Tulama Oromo tribe. ...

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Response to Bewketu Seyoum’s Article

By Tesfaye Kebede* Not sure what to make out of this gibberish (read here: http://borumeda.blogspot.com/2013/07/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-none.html) from a certain Bewketu Seyoum writing about the ongoing Oromo and Southern cultural revolution; each of his sentence is constructed to deliberately use the rarest Amharic word/phrase possible (even those words used only during ESLCE Amharic exams) - all the energy is wasted to make the sentences flowery, but their meanings remain meaningless. Ya-Qaalaat Daadaataa only. His conclusion is that the ongoing cultural revolution is a sign of backward and stagnant mentality. Not sure why he wasted all these words and phrases, instead of just saying ...

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Teachable Moment for Urban Amhara Elites Masquerading as All-Ethiopia Know-It-All?

By Tesfaye Kebede* Introduction After observing the political raucous in the Ethiopianist camp over the last four weeks since the airing of the Al Jazeera's The Stream program on the persecution of the Oromo, the largest ethnic group in the Ethiopian empire, one has to wonder who constitutes this Ethiopianist camp. Especially, their attacks on Obbo Jawar Mohammed for stating the most obvious of all, that he was an Oromo first, shows the Ethiopianist camp is detached from the realty not only in Oromia, but also in the rural Amhara region, where young men and women are proudly saying, "we are Amhara ...

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Ethiopia: An Oromo “Obama” After Decolonization – Response to AN’s Blogger

By Tesfaye Kebede* Blogger Derese Getachew wrote an article titled "An Oromo Obama: The Audacity to Reinvent Ethiopia," on the newly opened website, Addis Neger Online. In this article, the writer claims that the Oromo Nationalist camp's decolonization project in Ethiopia is "self-defeating," thus this camp should instead work to democratize Ethiopia. It is very encouraging that the writer dared to discuss one of the most contentious issues gripping the Ethiopian empire since the reconfiguration of Ethiopia some seven scores of years ago. More discussions on the topic of "decolonization" and "democratization" will be given below and, at the same time, ...

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