Monthly Archives: September 2013

Irreecha Oromo “Thanksgiving” festival, Australia 2013

(A4O, 30 September 2013) Irreecha is Oromia’s festive thanksgiving ceremony. Oromo people gather together at riverbanks and thank the Creator for past rains and ask for sustained weather and crops, for children to grow, for the sick to heal and for fraternity to prevail among human beings.


Irreechaa: Guyyaa Aadaa Oromoo

(A4O, 28 Fulbaana 2013) Ayyaanni Irreechaa ayyaana galateeffannaa waggaatti altokko Oromoon yeroo birraa walitti dhufee kan darbee itti galateeffatu; ka dhufu immoo itti kadhatuu dha.

Ayyaanni kun seenaa Oromoo waliin hidhata jabaa fi fulla’aa qaba. Gadaa Mormor bara 6400 caalaa fulla’ee fi Gadaa Odaa Nabee bara 1800 ol itti fufee jiru irraa adda bahee kan hin beekne, Ireechaan Oromoo, bara Oromoon nagaa fi bilisummaan jiraataa tures, bara Oromoon dhibdee fi garbummaa keessa jiraataa jirus otuu walirraa hin citiin, jabina abbootii keenyaan baroota kuma jahaa fi dhibba afurii oliif ka fulla’ee dha.

Dhalooti har’aas seenaa fi aadaa boonsaa abbootii keenya irraa dhaalan, Irreeffannaa, sadarkaa olaanaatti ol guddisuuf tattaaffii guddaatti jiran. Sababa kanaan, Irreechaan, guyyaa aadaa Oromoo ta’uun akka sabaa fi biyyaalessaatti beekamaa jira. Kana malees, Irreechaan, Oromoota eenyummaa fi aadaa saba keenyaaf quuqamaniif guyyaa galateeffannaa callaa miti; karaa itti waan aadaa fi eenyummaa Oromoo itti deebisanii guddisanii dha.

 Irreechaan guyyaa itti akka sabaatti gamtaan walarganii dhimma har’a itti jiran waliif himan, waan egeree immoo waliin qindeeffatan, guyyaa walooma Oromoo ti. Gamtaan bahanii Irreechaa irratti aadaa fi eenyummaa ofii agarsiisuunis mallattoo sabboonummaa ti.

Dhaqqaboo Eebbaa, the Oldest Man, from Oromia attracts world media.

(A4O, 11 September 2013) A story of retired farmer in Dodola, Southeast Oromia, might be the oldest living man in the world at an estimated 160 years of attracts the world media .

The news appeared on Medical Daily, Atlanta Black Star, Voice of Russia, InSiberia News, Delfi, and Zing News. 

According to Oromia Tv reporter Obbo Dhaqqaboo Eebbaa  could break the current longevity record by half a century.

At an estimated 160 years of age, the community elder is significantly older than the current Guinness World Record-holder Jeanne Clament as well as the recent challenger Carmelo Flores.

While he cannot prove his age with a birth certificate, he claims to remember the transfer of power between all five Gadaa Oromo parties in four rotations – a process that dates back to the mid-19th century.

In a recent interview, the elder spoke with Oromia TV reporters about his fascinating century-and-a-half. He remembers a time when the Ethiopian empire still conquered Oromia; when Abyssinian conquerors invaded the Oromo land, Oromia; and when it took eight days on horseback to cover the 150 miles between his village and the capital city, Finfinnee .

“When Italy invaded Ethiopia, I had two wives and my son was old enough to herd cattle,” he said, referring to Italy’s 1895 invasion of his country. “Not even one of my peers is alive today.”

The average lifespan in Oromia is 60 years. If his story is true, Eebbaa would have reached that age during World War I.

It is possible to observe from the youtube provided by Oromia TV, Ob Eebbaa speaks with a firm, articulate voice while recounting his life story. He may no longer be able to see but his memories of historical facts seem sharp.

 The Oromians like many African cultures are an oral society, ‘each time an elder dies, a library is lost.’  Mr Eebbaa  can be one of such oral and traditional library  of Oromia from which much can still be preserved.