Fourth Issue


Maya Tessema interviews Abdi Nuressa


“Nutu Laafe” by Abdi Nuressaaudio

“Ayyaana Laalattuu” by Abdi Nuressaaudio


“Oromo Art as Political Resistance” by Demitu Argo

Visual Art

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“Yoo kaane hin dhabnu bilisummaa” by Anonymous


Review of Dinaw Mengestu’s novel The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Steven W. Thomas and Maya Tessema



Who are the Contributors?

Contributors to Ogina volume 2, issue 2 (fall 2009)

Demitu Argo was born in Adama and came to the U.S at the age of 7. She obtained her BA in June 2008 from University of Washington and is currently working and residing in Seattle, WA. Her interests are reading and writing in qubee Afaan Oromoo.

Kitesso Chiri is an Information Technology professional currently employed at Wells Fargo. He graduated from Augsburg College with a Bachlor of Arts in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a Masters of Software Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. He has also served as IOYA President for the year 08-09.

Omar Gobe was born in the Dire District in Mega of Borena Zone Administration. Professionally he is an Economist who works for the Oromia Health Bureau as a Planning Expert, but he is also an artist who is the Vice President of the Oromia Artists Association.  He is currently known for his goat-skin paintings, but he also plays the guitar, k’rar and keyboard.

Abdi Nuressa is a recording artist who was born in Jaanoo, Oromia. When he was 2 months old his parents moved to Finfinnee, and now Abdi resides in Virginia. He released his first album Irree Aadaa in July 2009, and he is working to release another album in the future. He has been a member of the Lenchaa soccer team in the Oromo League for the past 9 years.

Siyade Gemechisa is a media activist living in Baltimore, Maryland.  She has worked throughout the United States and abroad with communities to discuss media ownership issues as well as teaching about, building and creating independent media.  She currently works at Johns Hopkins University as an Instructional Technologist

Zakia Posey is a graduate student in anthropology at Michigan State University and is writing her dissertation on Oromo transnationalism. She hopes to get her Ph.D. in 2010.

Maya Tessema is a legal assistant working and living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  She began participating in the creation of Ogina zine through work in the Arts and Culture Committee of the International Oromo Youth Association.

Steven W. Thomas is an assistant professor of English literature at The College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Minnesota. He has published scholarly articles on eighteenth-century literature and on twenty-first century globalization.