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Star Tribune: Minnesota teen beats the odds, dreams of building a school in her native Ethiopia March 8, 2020

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Minnesota teen beats the odds, dreams of building a school in her native Ethiopia

On March 19, this 18-year-old will be one of five honorees at the 28th Children’s Defense Fund-MN Beat the Odds celebration.

Star Tribune, *Gail Rosenblum, 6 March 2020 


Zubeda Chaffe, 18, is a typical high school senior in many ways. She played soccer, basketball and ran track, participates in City Wide Student Council and works at the Hennepin County Library with the Teen Tech Squad. But those examples belie the extraordinary effort required of Chaffe to get to this point. At 7, she and her Oromo family fled Ethiopia fearing for their lives. She started school knowing only her name in English. On March 19, Chaffe will be one of five honorees at the 28th Children’s Defense Fund-MN Beat the Odds celebration. A full-time PSEO student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, she shares childhood memories, her take on American kids and her goals after college.

Q: Before your harrowing journey from Ethiopia to the United States, do you have happy memories?

A: I remember that me and my sister used to play with shiny rocks. They were so beautiful. We collected rocks and we played house. I’d go to the lake with my friends to get water and we’d spend the whole day there. I remember watching the cattle with my brothers.

Q: But no school?

A: I was a girl and girls didn’t attend school. Besides, in my village of Welega, there wasn’t a school for kids my age. None of my 11 siblings attended school either, because that was not a goal of life where I lived.

Q: At 7, your world shifted dramatically. What do you remember?

A: My Oromo people are a minority so it wasn’t safe for us in Ethiopia. We first traveled to the capital city of Addis Ababa where we stayed for about six months. Then my father told us we had to flee secretly to Kenya. Two of my siblings and I, all of us under age 8, were put in a truck. There was no other way. Some of the truck drivers were really mean and just gave people water. We had a pretty nice driver. He fed us twice. But we didn’t know if we’d ever see our parents again.

Q: Happily, you were reunited.

A: We were reunited in Kenya where we lived for two and half years, moving constantly, separated, reunited, moving again. We learned basic English in a school there. Finally, we got our visas.

Q: How did you end up in Minnesota and what were your first memories?

A: I have an older brother living here. He wanted us to leave Ethiopia. We arrived in Minnesota on March 18, 2008. It was freezing. I expected more because of the stories I heard about America. I thought there would be kings and queens (laughs). But I was happy to come to America at last.

Q: You began elementary school knowing only the alphabet and how to say your name in English. Did you consider begging your parents to let you stay at home?

A: I had to repeat first grade but I did it and I kept going to school. One of the main reasons my brother brought me to America was to get an education and give back. My family and friends back home don’t have that opportunity. I want to show them it’s possible and I hope that they do not have to move across the world to have such opportunities.

Q: Your Beat the Odds award comes with $5,000 for college. How do you plan to use it?

A: I’m looking at the University of Minnesota and Macalester College. I want to major in global studies, join the United Nations and go back home to Oromia and teach children, maybe open a school. I want to help in any way possible.

Q: The immigration question is front and center in our country’s conversation today. What do you want people to understand about the immigrant experience?

A: Being a refugee, I can understand and empathize with the immigration problems going on today in this country. I’ve faced all of that. Being away from my parents to have a better life than what they had. They had hopes for me in the same way many parents feel when they are apart from their children today. I know the fear. I want people to know who we are, understand our struggles and the fact that we leave our homes and everything behind to find safety.

Q: Do you still have family in Ethiopia? What do they tell you about the political climate there?

A: There’s been an internet shutdown for the past five months due to the election process. I haven’t heard from my extended family. I don’t know if they’re alive.

Q: When you think about the adversity you’ve faced in your life so far, do you ever get frustrated with your peers who complain when they can’t get the newest iPhone?

A: I don’t mean to be rude, but it’s different the way I grew up. I see the American kids and compare myself; their moms are calling to them, “Dinner is ready!” I have to go work for my family’s next meal. I have to compete against people who already know about life here. I’m just trying to catch up. They have to sometimes put their feet in somebody else’s shoes. Sometimes I wish I was an American child whose parents had everything. But I also know that I am blessed to have had the opportunity to experience American culture and mix it with my own.

Q: CDF received more than 300 applications for Beat the Odds candidates, from which only five were selected. That must make you feel pretty good.

A: I was happy and surprised. I didn’t know my story was good enough. But I have actually beat the odds. Now I have to put that in my heart and believe it.

*Gail Rosenblum is editor of the Inspired section. She’s also an author, journalism instructor and public speaker who has worked for newspapers and magazines for nearly 40 years. 

The City of Minneapolis Government declared August 3-10 an Oromo Week August 4, 2019

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OMN: Simannaa MM Dr. Abiy Ahmad fi Perz. Lammaa Magarsaa (Minnesota), Little Oromia. Welcoming H.E. PR. OF ETHIOPIA DR. ABIY AHMED AND H. E. PZ. OF OROMIA DR. LAMMAA MAGARSAA July 30, 2018

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Photos: Ethiopians turn up in thousands to meet PM in Minnesota

Thousands of Ethiopians in the United States’ city of Minnesota packed the Target Center to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Clad in bright national and traditional colours, the crowd packed the center long before the arrival of the PM and his team. Abiy’s call for peace and unity of Ethiopians has been a common message on his tour and he was supposed to reiterate that message.

The PM and his entourage comprising the Foreign Affairs Minister, Information Minister and President of the Oromia regional state arrived in the state for the final leg of Abiy’s diaspora tour.

The tour took him first to Washington DC – where he held high-level political and economic meetings before addressing the Ethiopian diaspora. Next stop was in Los Angeles before arriving in Minnesota on Monday.

Photos courtesy TargetCenterMN and Opride [Mohammed Ademo, a pro-democracy activist]

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Tsedale Lemma@tselemma

If you can’t understand & try to accept the collective images coming out of as the image of , you will have failed the mini litmus test of understanding the Ethiopia to come; the Ethiopia we will be negotiating to build & the Ethiopia we will be settling for.

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Awol Allo@awolallo

So proud of Minnesota (aka little Oromia) right now. Thus far, it is looking like a showpiece of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance. I hope it ends that way – as an outstanding example of the type.

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Mohammed Ademo


PM Abiy Ahmed and his delegation landed at Minneapolis International Airport for the final leg of a three-state diaspora tour. He was welcomed by members of the community and prominent individuals, inc. @Jawar_Mohammed


Daawwannaa Ameerikaa Kan Muummicha Ministeeraa Abiy Ahimed fi Dr. Lammaa Magarsaa



MPR News: Photos: Thousands welcome Ethiopian prime minister to Minneapolis


Supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed cheer.
Supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wave Ethiopian and American flags while waiting for him to speak inside Target Center in Minneapolis on Monday, July 30, 2018. Evan Frost | MPR News
Yusuf Ahmed lowers his glasses to peer at the stage.
2Yusuf Ahmed lowers his glasses to peer at the stage before Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks. Evan Frost | MPR News
Supporters of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wave flags.
3Supporters of the prime minister wave flags from the VIP section as he takes the stage. Evan Frost | MPR News
The floor of Target Center in Minneapolis is filled.
4The floor of Target Center in Minneapolis is filled with supporters. Prime Minister Ahmed was scheduled to appear at 2:30 p.m. but did not show up until nearly 5 p.m. Evan Frost | MPR News
Two attendees dance with the flag of the Oromo people.
5Two attendees dance with the flag of the Oromo people in the crowded arena. Evan Frost | MPR News
People carry giant Ethiopian and Oromo flags around.
6People carry giant Ethiopian and Oromo flags around the floor of Target Center. Evan Frost | MPR News
Rado Ali cheers for the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
7Rado Ali cheers for Prime Minister Ahmed during his speech. Evan Frost | MPR News
Attendees wave flags before Abiy Ahmed's speech.
8Attendees of a speech by Prime Minister Ahmed wave flags and cheer before he takes the stage. Evan Frost | MPR News
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
9Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other government officials look out at the crowd inside Target Center. Evan Frost | MPR News
Dancers perform on stage for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
10Dancers perform on stage for Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed. Evan Frost | MPR Newshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyPz89iAAtshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbXFMPM3qJI

Oromo: Cities in Minnesota ( Minneapolis, St. Paul & Brooklyn Park) have proclaimed “Oromo Week” August 3, 2017

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To acknowledge the growing importance of the Oromo people in the three cities,  the  mayors have officially declared July 29 – August 5, 2017 “Oromo Week”.

Here is the proclamation from Brooklyn Park

Oromo: From Cab Driver to CEO: An Immigrant’s Drive for School Bus Success July 10, 2017

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From Cab Driver to CEO: An Ethiopian Immigrant’s Drive for School Bus Success

By Nancy Kirk,  School Bus Fleet, 26 June 2017

The transition from Ethiopian culture to that of the U.S. may have been drastic, but for Metropolitan Transportation Network (MTN) Inc. President and CEO Tashitaa Tufaa, an Ethiopian of the Oromo ethnic group who immigrated here in 1992, adjusting to baseball-consumed television and the occasional unrelenting Minnesota snowstorm was a small price to pay for a life of security.

“Let me put it this way: Whatever I did not have back in Ethiopia, I have it now through my freedom,” Tufaa says. “If you are free, then your mind is free, and you can use your talent wherever you want to go.”

While Tufaa’s talent eventually brought him to own and operate MTN —  a school bus company based in Fridley, Minnesota, that provides student transportation for dozens of local public, private, and charter schools and owns more than 300 vehicles — the road to success was windy and unpaved. Although he majored in political science and diplomacy, he couldn’t legally work for the U.S. State Department because he wasn’t yet a U.S. citizen, so he started working a civil service job with the Minnesota government.

Tufaa’s drive to drive
Tufaa wasn’t earning enough to pay his mortgage, so he started working nights and weekends as a driver for Metro Mobility, a Minneapolis-area transportation provider for people with physical and mental disabilities. There, he discovered an unexpected passion.

“I fell in love with driving, really,” he says. “It’s very flexible and there’s fresh air, and instead of being in the office, you go to the parks and drive around with open windows. There are so many different things to love about it.”

Desiring more flexibility and hoping for higher pay, Tufaa left Metro Mobility and started driving a cab, where, he says, “I would drive drunk people from the bar, people coming from work, and everyone else.”

Despite his formal education and his urge to succeed, Tufaa struggled to hold these jobs. Unsatisfied with unsteady employment and energized with his newfound craving to get behind the wheel, Tufaa was determined to dive into the city of Osseo’s school transportation scene.

“In the summer of 2003, I started actually writing letters and delivering them to the school districts, offering them services that weren’t around,” Tufaa says. “Many of them made fun of me, but there was one transportation director who was willing to give me a chance because I had been bothering him so much.”

“We put ourselves in our customers’ shoes, and we listen to the feedback we receive. As a result, people want to do business with us, and we don’t turn our backs.”
Tashitaa Tufaa, president and CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Network

Expanding the business
Because of his persistent effort, Tufaa was awarded a single opportunity to transport three homeless children to school with the van he owned, a task that he says he succeeded at, receiving no complaints. From there, the director started offering him more consistent work, and this one-time errand steadily matured into a full-blown company that he now conservatively estimates to be worth $35 million. Today, Tufaa employs over 400 people who transport more than 15,000 K-12 students to school every day across the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Fleet Facts
Headquarters: Fridley, Minnesota
Vehicles in fleet: Over 300
Fleet mix: IC Bus, Thomas Built Buses
Fueling mix: Diesel, CNG
Service area:Metropolitan Twin Cities area
Routes serviced daily:Over 400
Drivers: 275 and 125 contracted
Staff members: 30
Students transported daily: Over 15,000

“I did see a need here in the school bus industry for a contractor that was dedicated, that was doing business wholeheartedly,” he says.

Tufaa capitalized on this recognized need and founded MTN in 2004. More recently, MTN’s expanding customer base inevitably resulted in the need for a space about 30% larger than the existing one. The new facility is expected to be ready in July. The redevelopment will cost about $2.7 million and is being handled by Thor Companies, a real estate development and construction company that is also based in Fridley.

“It will have corporate offices, a break room where drivers can enjoy themselves, a fleet maintenance shop, and parking storage inside for the buses,” Tufaa says. “It’s a much better and newer space — a good image for both our customers and those who work here.”

The majority of updates will focus on the exterior site improvements, such as landscaping, a complete resurfacing of the asphalt parking lot, and enhancements to the security systems.

Top-notch equipment
Because the agency is responsible for the well-being of thousands of students, Tufaa says he ensures that each bus is equipped with top-notch technology, from two-way radios to GPS to surveillance camera systems.

“We want the maximum safety possible in all of our buses in order to protect the families and children that we service,” he says. “Safety is number one.”

He recounts an instance where a driver’s bus had broken down and hisradio had stopped working. Fortunately, the team realized it had broken down because of its lack of movement on the GPS system. Sure enough, upon physically locating the bus through the ground tracking system, Tufaa and his team found it immobile and were able to service it.

Because Metropolitan Transportation Network transports more than 15,000 students daily, Tufaa says he ensures each bus has quality safety equipment, such as two-way radios, GPS, and surveillance cameras.
Because Metropolitan Transportation Network transports more than 15,000 students daily, Tufaa says he ensures each bus has quality safety equipment, such as two-way radios, GPS, and surveillance cameras.

Leadership style
Tufaa calls himself a “field guy,” meaning he does not like to remain in the office. In fact, despite MTN’s recent expansion, Tufaa decided not to build himself a personal office. Instead, he works in available desk spaces when necessary and still drives buses every day.

“I don’t want to be a guy who just stays inside. I want to be out there in the field,” he says. “I sit with the drivers and I listen to them. I listen to their stories in the morning and the afternoon, and then I drive the bus to see what the issue is. This way, instead of someone reporting to me, I see it firsthand.”

Tufaa attributes his leadership style to his perilous upbringing in Ethiopia. Because he spent many years of his life in danger, he’s able to more easily adapt to everyday business challenges.

“We put ourselves in our customers’ shoes, and we listen to the feedback we receive. As a result, people want to do business with us, and we don’t turn our backs,” he says. “In Ethiopia, I was raised in harm, and so it’s easier for me to understand where people come from, whether it’s with our customers or our employees.”

MTN is undergoing a $2.7 million expansion, which includes renovated corporate offices, a fleet maintenance shop, a break room, and parking inside for the buses.
MTN is undergoing a $2.7 million expansion, which includes renovated corporate offices, a fleet maintenance shop, a break room, and parking inside for the buses.

Employee appreciation
Appreciation for MTN employees stands tall on Tufaa’s priorities as a business owner. Every year, the company holds an employee appreciation banquet where everyone, from the human resources team to the workshop mechanics, is invited to mingle with their peers, along with their plus-one.

“We want to show our employees that we value them,” Tufaa says. “We are a family, and the MTN family gets together once a year, every year, to enjoy this classy corporate-style dinner.”

Other MTN-planned gatherings that aim to boost company morale include a monthly bulletin that informs the team about company happenings and employee birthdays, as well as weekly prepared breakfast for drivers, blood drives, summer barbecues, and day trips to support the local pro baseball team at the Minnesota Twins stadium.

Sometimes the recognition goes beyond simple social events, like when Tufaa expressed his gratitude by naming a newly built site the Iverson Terminal, after the last name of a driver who had suddenly passed away.

“We named it after her because our drivers have an ownership in our company,” he says. “We don’t want to be just another corporation.”

Challenges, rewards
Tufaa’s triumph does not come without its challenges. As with school bus contractors and districts across the U.S., he has been affected by the widespread driver shortage, and he worries about Minnesota’s slippery roads in the winter. He’s also had to forgo significant family events in order to keep his business afloat, especially while it was just getting started.

“There are some things I’ve had to compromise to get where we are as a business, but as long as my wife and family understood me, that was all that mattered,” Tufaa recalls. “I had to work extremely long hours in the beginning, and sometimes it came down to paying the people who were working for me before being able to pay myself.”

Eventually, the achievements overcame the hardships, and now Tufaa and the whole MTN team work fervently to transport the community’s youth to their daily education.

“As a contractor, it’s important to love what you do,” he says. “I still drive, and I love taking those children to school.”

Oromia Media Network (OMN) 3rd Year Anniversary, Little Oromia (Minnesota), Minneapolis May 15, 2017

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Little Oromia: PRESS RELEASE ON THE ADDIS MASTER PLAN: Miniyaapolisitti mariin Master pilaanii Finfinnee irratti taasifame ejjannoo dabarfachuun xumurame. November 18, 2015

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(OMN:Oduu Sadaasaa 15,2015 Qopheessummaa):  OMNiin Dhimma maaster pilaanii Finfinnee irratti xiyyeeffachuun, Dilabata darbe, kutaa bulchiinsa Minnisoota magaalaa Minniyaapoolisitti hawaasa Oromoo waliin mariin geggeeffamee ture milkiin xumuramee jira.

Marii kanarraatti, Jaarmayaalee siyaasaa Oromoo, ogeeyyota lafaa fi, hawaasni Oromoo Minnisotaa baldhinnaan irraa qooda fudhatanii jiru.

Marii kana irratti Jaarmayaaleen siyaasaa Oromoo irratti hirmaatan, Adda Bilisummaa Oromoo, Adda Dimokiraatawa Oromoo fi, Tokkummaa Humnoota Bilisummaa Oromoo yemmuu ta’an, mata dureewwan maaster pilaanii Finfinneerratti gadi fageenyaan mari’atamee ture.

Marii hawaasa kana irratti ogeessa lafaa kan  ta’an Obbo Bizuwarq Ballaa, waraqaa qorannoo waa’ee seenaa lafaa kan Itoophiyaa  keessaa dhiheessanii jiru.

Qorannoo isaan dhiheessan kanaan, sirnoota bulchiinsa abbootii irree darban irraa jalqabee haga ammaatti, biyyattii keessatti bifa jijjiiratee saamichi lafaa geggeeffamaa jiraachuu himan.

Maqaa guddinna misooma biyyattii jedhuun, qotee bultoonni hedduun lafaa fi qabeenya isaanii irraa kaafamaa jiru.

Qotee bultoota lafa isaanii irraa kaafamaa jiran kanaaf beenyaa gahas ta’ee, bakki qubsuma biroo kennamaafii akka hin jirre obbo Buzuwarq qorannoo dhiheessan kanaan hirmaattotaaf ibsanii jiru.

Hogganoonni jaarmayaalee siyaasaatis dhimma maastar Pilaanii Finfinnee irratti ejjannoo dhaaba isaanii wal duraa duubaan ibsanii jiran.

Hawaasni Oromoo marii kanarraa qooda fudhatanis, yaada kennaniin, tokkummaan jaarmayaalee siyaasaa Oromoo murteessaa ta’uu dubbatanii, mastar Pilaaniin mootumaman karoorfame kun, guddinna misooma biyyattii osoo hin taane eenyummaa fi maalummaa Oromoo balleessuudha jedhan.

Ummanni Oromoo biyya keessaa fi biyyoota gara garaa keessa jiraatan, tokkummaadhaan mastar pilaanii qindaawaa jedhamee mootummaan lallabamaa jiru dura dhaabbachuu akka qabnis dhaamanii jiru.

Jaarmayaaleen Oromoo kun, gara fuula duraatti tokkummaa jabaa uumuun walii galuudhaaf karoora qabaachuu isaaniillee marii kanarratti hawaasa Oromootiif ibsanii jiran.

Jaarmiyaaleen siyaasaa Oromoo kun, mormii maastar Pilaanii Finfinnee irratti qaban ilaalchisuun, ibsa ejjannoo qabxii 15 ufi keessaa qabu tokkummaadhaan baafatanii jiru.

Ibsi ejjannoo isaaniitis  gargarummaa xixiqqaa qabnu moggaatti dhiifnee,  Master Pilaanii Finfinnee dura dhaabbachuu fi, dantaa saba Oromoo hundarratti   waliin hajjachuu fi marii fakkaataa  itti fufuuf waliif gallee jirra.

Shira Maaster Pilaanii kanaa fi roorroo  bifa adda addaatin Oromorratti adeemsifamaa jiru hambisuuf,  furmanni dhumaa Oromoon sirna gabroomfataa kana hiddaan buqqisee bilisummaa isaa goonfatee abba biyyummaa isaa mirkaneeffachuu qofa.

Kana males  ummanni keenya bakka jiru maratti shira maqaa Master Pilaaniitiin oofamaa jiru kana tokkummaadhaan daran akka mormuu qabu waamicha dhiheessuu isaanii ibsa kanarra baruun danda’ameera.

Dhumarrattis balaa sabaaba Maastar Pilanii kanaan walqabtee uumamuu malu hundaaf, itti gaafatamaan mootummaa amma biyya bulchaa jiru ta’uullee ibsi kun nu mullisaa.

Kana mirkaneessuuf ammoo qabsoo roga hundaan bifa qindaaween geggeessuun barbaachisaadha jechuun ibsi jaarmiyaalee siyaasaa Oromoo irraa bahe eeree jira.

Usmaan Ukkumeetu qindeesse.




Nuti hirmaattooni walgahii shira Marii Maastar Pilaanii Finfinnee waliin walqabatee balaa ummata Oromoo irratti aggaammate ilaalchisee marii bal’aa erga goone booda murtiilee armaan gadii dabarfannee jirra.

1) Karoorri maqaa Maastar Pilaanii Finfineetin mootummaan TPLF/EPRDF dhiibaa jiru, kan magaalota 37 Oromiyaa irraa muruufi, qunnaan bultoota miliyoonotaan lakkaayaman ol lafa isaanitirraa buqqaasu ta’u waan amannuuf akka fashalu ni qabsoofna

2) Akeekni karoora kanaa maqaa magaalaa babal’isuutiin Oromoo lafa isaatirraa buqqisanii gaaga’ama hamaaf kan saaxilu waan ta’eef dura dhaabbanna

3) Magaalota kana dhuunfannaa Oromiyaa jalaa baasuun gahee Oromoon aadaafi sochii diinagdee magaalotaa keessaa qabaachuu malu hoongessuu waan ta’eef fashaluu qaba

4) Labsiin Magaalota Oromiyaa dhihoo kana bahe shira Maastar Pilaanii Oromoon mormu kana kara biraatin hojiirra oolchuuf kan saganteeffame waan ta’eef ni balaaleffanna.

5) Karoorri Maastar Pilaanii qaama imaammata duula saamichaa lafaa Oromiyaa guututti godhaamaa jiru keessaa tokko ta’uu isaatiin ni mormina

6) Saamichi lafaa Oromiyaa gututti deemaa jiru imaammata Oromoo hiddaan buqqisuufi duguuginsa sanyii waan ta’eef fashalsamuu qaba.

7) Olollii mootummaan sun akka waan Maastar Pilaanii kana mormuun guddina diinagdeefi ammayyummaa jibbuu fakkeessuuf yaalu dhara. Oromoon kan mormaa jiru guddina diinagdeefi amayyummaa osoo hin taane saamicha lafaa abba biyyaa hiyyoomsee amba sooromsuudha.

8) Qabsoo barattoonnifi qaamoleen Oromoo biroo karoora diinaa kana hoongessuuf godhaa jiran ni deeggarra.

9) Tattaffii dhaabbileen siyaasaafi sivikii Oromoo dhimma kanarratti hubannaan akka uumamuuf, ummanni tokkummaan akka sochoo’uuf godhaa jiran ni dinqisiifanna, waan dandeenhyu maraan bira dhaabbanna.

10) Tarkaanfii ukkaamsaa mootummaan barattootaafi jaarmayoota Oromoo Maastar Pilaanii kana kara nagaan morman irratti fudhatu cimsinee balaaleffanna.

11) Ummanni keenya bakka jiru maratti shira maqaa Maastar Pilaanitin oofamaa jiru kana tokkummaandhaan daran akka mormu waamicha goona.

12) Mootummaan shira saamicha lafaa Oromoon hundi tokkummaan mormaa jiru kana humaanaan dhiibuun gaaga’amaa hamaa fiduu malee faaydaa biraa akka hin qabane hubatee badii isaatirraa akka dhaabbatu akeekkachiifna

13) Balaa sabaaba Maastar Pilaanii kanaan walqabtee uumamuu malu hundaaf itti gaafatamaan mootummaa TPLF ta’uu hubachiifna.

14) Nuti jaarmayoonni siyaasaa marii kana irratti hirmaannes, gargarummaa xixiqqaa qabnu moggaatti dhiifnee Maastar Pilaanii Finfinnee dura dhaabbachuufi fi dantaa saba Oromoo hundarratti waliin hajjachuu fi marii fakkaataa itti fufuuf waliif gallee jirra.

15) Shira Maastar Pilaanii kanaafi roorroo bifa adda addaatin Oromorratti godhamaa jiru hambisuuf furmanni dhumaa Oromoon sirna gabroomfataa kana hiddaan buqqisee bilisummaa isaa goonfatee abba biyyummaa isaa mirkaneeffachuu qofa. Kana mirkaneessuuf ammoo qabsoo roga hundaan bifa qindaaween geggeessuun barbaachisaadha.

16) Oromia Media Network (OMN) marii seena-qabeessa kana qopheessuu isaatiif galateeffachaa, miidiyaan kun daran jabaatee hojii kana caalaa akka hojjatuuf gargaarsa keenyaan bira dhaabbanna; ummanni Oromoolleen deeggarsa OMNif godhaa jiru dacha dachaan addaan kutiinsa malee akka itti fufu waamicha goona.

Sadaasa 15, 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota

– Misooma Hin Falminu



Welcome to Oromo St in  Little Oromia, Minnesota September 14, 2015

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(Advocacy4Oromia, 11 September 2015) Minnesota Oromos get their very own street under their community’s name-Oromo Street, today, 11 of September 2015.

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Little Oromia’s ‘Oromo Street’  was officially inaugurated on September 12, 2015.

Minnesota of United States of America is widely known as “Little Oromia” among Oromos with an estimated 40,000 Oromos who flee from their homeland,Oromia, East Africa, due to political persecution.

The Oromo are the single largest national group in Ethiopia, constituting nearly half of the country’s 98 million population.

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Public Reaction 

“To the Oromo who has for so long remained invisible in its adopted home after home, a well-deserved recognition, and a breath of warm air in the thick of Minnesota’s bitter winter,” said Hassan Hussein, the executive director of the Oromo Community of Minnesota. (http://www.opride.com/oromsis/news/3784-minneapolis-may-soon-get-a-commemorative-oromo-street)

“Picture of the Day: Little Oromia (Minneapolis) Now Has ‘Oromo Street,’” http://gadaa.net/FinfinneTribune/2015/09/picture-of-the-day-little-oromia-minneapolis-now-has-oromo-street-via-hegeree-media/

“Minnesota Oromos get their very own street under their community’s name today! How Awesome!,” said Demitu Argo on her Facebook timeline.

“It is official that the most anticipated commemoration of ‪#‎Oromo‬ and ‪#‎Somali‬ street is happening this coming Saturday. Cheers to all my East African immigrants! In celebration, the WestBank communities are hosting 1st Annual Block party. Here is the program breakdowns on Saturday 12, 2015. Can’t wait to park on Oromo street!,” said Edao Dawano on his Facebook timeline.

“Oromo Street is in effect in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Can’t wait to visit. Thank you America for recognizing the people you saved for the brutal Ethiopian government,” said Birhanie Beka Geleto on her Facebook with a feeling hopeful, from Washington, DC, United States ·

“Minneapolis to officially designate Oromo street in a ceremony on Saturday,” said on its Facebook OPride.com.


This street name was proposed by Abdi Warsame who was born in Somalia and grew up in the United Kingdom of Great Britain where he studied and obtained a B.Sc. in Business and a Masters Degree in International Business.

Following that proposal, the Minneapolis City Planning Commission held a public hearing on Jan. 12 to decide on Council Member Abdi Warsame’s application for commemorative street names along the city’s Cedar riverside area.

Warsame’s proposal called for 4th Street South between Cedar Avenue and 15th Avenue South to be named “Oromo Street,” and for the stretch between 6th Street and Cedar Avenue to 15th avenue South to be called “Somali Street.”

Additional background information can be get from http://www.opride.com/oromsis/news/3784-minneapolis-may-soon-get-a-commemorative-oromo-street.





Oromo Week 2015/North America Oromummaa Week: The 2015 OSFNA Oromo Sports and Cultural Festival Conducted in Minnesota, Minneapolis (August 1-8). Torbaan Oromoo Minisootatti Geggeeffamaa Ture Milikiin Xumurame. August 13, 2015

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The eventful 2015 Oromummaa Week in North America colorfully celebrated from 1st to 8 August 2015 in DC  and Little Oromia (Minnesota).  The events were marked by conferences, OSFNA Oromo Sports and cultural shows.

Ayyaana Torbaan Oromoo Minisootatti Geggeeffamee Ture. OMN irraa caqasaa:-


Qophiin Torban Oromoo Ameerikaa Kaabaa milkiin xumurame

(OMN:Oduu Hag.10,2015) Torban Oromoo Hagayya 1 haga 8 bara 2015 Minisootaa keessatti kabajamaa ture haala gaariin xumurameera.

Hirmaattonni ayyaana kanarraa qooda fudhatan akka dubbatanitti, torbaan Oromoo kun, walitti dhufeenyaa fi tokkummaa hawaasa Oromoo biyyoota ambaa keessa jiraniif caarraa guddaa uumeera jedhan.

Ameerikaa kutaa bulchiinsa Minnesootaa magaalaalee lakkuu keessatti, torbaan Oromoo jalqabamee ture, haala gaariin xumuramee jira.

Hawaasni Oromoo biyyoota adda addaa irraa heddumminnaan torbaan Oromoo kana irraa qooda kan fudhatan yoo ta’u, inni kun walitti dhufeenya hawaasa keenyaa daran kan cimsuudha jedhan.

Torban Oromoo Minnesootatti geggeffamee ture kun, caarraa namoota wal arguu fi wal baruudhaa uumee jira kan jedhan hirmaattonni kun, halli kun gara fuula durattis cimee akka itti fufuu qabu dubbatanii jiru.

Hawaasni Oromoo biyyoota akka Awustiraaliyaa, Awurooppaa, Kanadaa fi Oromiyaa dhufuun, torbaan Oromoo kana irraa qooda kan fudhatan yoo ta’u, Ameerikaa kutaalee bulchiinsa hedduu irraallee heddumminnaan argamanii jiru.

Haala gara garaatiin dhalattoonni Oromoo biyya isaanii irraa bahanii biyyoota ambaa keessa jiraatan, torbaan Oromoo kun, jaalala, tokkummaa fi wal barumsa guddaa akka uumeef itti gammadanii jiru.

Hawaasni Oromoo biyyoota gara garaa irraa dhufan akka himanitti, simannaa hawaasni Oromoo Minnesootaa keessa jiraatan isaaniif taasisanitti gammaduun, Minnesootaan bu’uura tokkummaa hawaasa keennaati jedhan.

Walitti dhufeenyaa fi, jalalalli ummata keenyaa, yeroo gara yerootti dabalaa jira kan jedhan hirmaattonni kun, inni kun mallattoo tokkummaa saba keenyaa kan agarsiisuudha jedhan.

Torbaan Oromoo Minnesotatti, Hagayya 1 haga 8 bara 2015tti kan geggeffame yoo ta’u, torbaan Oromoo kun, jaalalaan kan jalqabamee fi, gammachuudhaan kan xumuramee ta’uun beekkamee jira.

Usmaan Ukkumeetiin.

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Powered with Youth Leadership and Volunteers, the 19th OSFNA Oromo Sports & Cultural Festival Rises with Time | Celebrate #OromoWeek2015 in Little Oromia (August 1-8, 2015)

Adoolessa/July 22, 2015 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com

It is not an exaggeration to say that the OSFNA annual Oromo Sports and Cultural Festival is the biggest celebration of Oromummaa, outside of Oromia. Kicked off in Toronto, Canada, in 1996 with a handful of soccer teams from around North America, the OSFNA annual Oromo Sports and Cultural Festival today has become a national icon of Oromo sportsmanship and cultural identity. Since the Twin Cities in Minnesota (Minneapolis and St. Paul), also coined as “Little Oromia,” have the largest Oromo population outside of the Horn of Africa, “Little Oromia” has become the most favorite host for the OSFNA annual festival, though other cities in North America had also been given the chance to host the festival over the years.

This year, too, “Little Oromia” will host the OSFNA festival from August 1 to August 8. During this week-long festival, members of the Oromo community in Minnesota as well as visitors from around the globe celebrate Oromummaa (being of the Oromo nation) with passion. Customarily, the City Councils of the Twin Cities also acknowledge the positive contributions of the OSFNA festival to the local diversity and economy by declaring the week-long festival an “Oromo Week,” thus the hashtag #OromoWeek2015 represents the OSFNA week-long Oromo Sports and Cultural Festival in “Little Oromia.” The OSFNA festival is also a moment for other civic activities, such as OLF meetings and campaign stops by Minnesotan politicians (for instance, Sen. Al Franken made a campaign stop at the OSFNA 2014 festival to help drive votes for his senatorial election).


Over the years, the OSFNA festival has shown great improvements with depth and breadth, especially since the election of the new youth leadership in 2014. Armed with the youth leadership and tens of other young volunteers from around North America, OSFNA – more than anything – is a venue where the dispersed Oromo community around the globe comes to connect to home away from home. With the increasing Oromo Diaspora population, OSFNA’s rise with time is a testament of the commitment of the leadership as well as the volunteers.

This year’s OSFNA events include men’s soccer, women’s soccer and the Abebe Bikila Legacy Race, which is a 2-mile running competition in honor of the Greatest Oromo Olympian and Barefoot Marathoner Abebe Bikila.


OLF Opens Branch Office in Little Oromia (Minnesota), Oromo-TV Reports August 9, 2015

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Board of Oromo Community of Minnesota Approves to Raise Flag of Oromia at Oromo Center in St. Paul, Little Oromia (Nageessaa Oddoo Reports for Oromo-TV) July 20, 2015

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Oromo Street January 13, 2015

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The Proposal to Name a Road in Minneapolis as “Oromo Street” is Approved.

Minneapolis approves Oromo Sreet

The hearing held by the Minneapolis City Planning Commission on Jan. 12, 2015, to decide on Council Member Abdi Warsame’s application for commemorative street names along the city’s Cedar riverside area has approved Warsame’s proposal.

According to the now approved Warsame’s proposal, the section of the 4th Street South in Minneapolis, Minnesota, between Cedar Avenue and 15th Avenue South will be named “Oromo Street.”

The Oromia Media Network (OMN) covered the news during its January 12, 2015, nightly news as follows:

Source: Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com


See also: http://www.opride.com/oromsis/news/3784-minneapolis-may-soon-get-a-commemorative-oromo-street