Fifth Issue


“Jedhe Diggaa Saqoo…!” by Zelealem Aberra

About Zelealem Aberra and His Poem” by Editors of Ogina

Short Film

Night Driveby Abdiwak Yohannes


Oromo Fashionby Dr. Peri Klemm


Samir Malik” by Anaf Lello

Visual Art

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Book Review

Review of Ezekiel Gebissa's Taking the Place of Food: Khat in Ethiopia and Leaf of Allah: Khat and Agricultural Transformation in Harerge, Ethiopia, 1875—1991 by Dr. Steve W. Thomas


The Culture of Khatby Dr. Ezekiel Gebissa

Short Story

The Bum and the Khat Effectby Rooble Mohamed



Who are the Contributors?

Contributors to Ogina volume 3, issue 1 (Winter 2010)

Zelealem Aberra has published one book and four audio CDs of poetry. He was born in Naqamtee, Oromia, and currently lives in Helsinki, Finland with his wife and children.

Dr. Ezekiel Gebissa is currently a professor of history at Kettering University. After graduating from Addis Ababa University, he came to the United States where he earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University in 1997. He published his book Leaf of Allah: Khat and Agricultural Transformation in Harerge, Ethiopia, 1875—1991 in 2004 and edited a collection of essays called Taking the Place of Food: Khat in Ethiopia in 2010. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Oromo Studies.

Dr. Peri Klemm is an African art historian at California State University, Northridge.  She is currently working on a book about dress throughout Oromia.  Any information or suggestions you would like to share are welcome at

Anaf Lello is a student living and working in Toronto, Canada. She became involved with Ogina after attending the Oromo Youth Leadership Conference in 2008.

Samir Malik is an actor based in Melbourne, Australia.  He was recently acted in the film Eliminated! (aka Who Wants to be a Terrorist) and the play The Masters.

Rooble Mohamed is a freelance journalist living in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

Abdiwak Yohannes attends Bethel University and is currently in his third year. As a Digital Media major, Abdiwak works with mediums ranging from 3D modeling programs to web design to video editing programs.

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

Zakia Posey is a graduate student in anthropology at Michigan State University and is writing her dissertation on Oromo transnationalism.

Dr. Steven W. Thomas is a professor of English at The College of St. Benedict|St. John’s University in Minnesota. His article “The New James Bond and Globalization Theory” was published last year in the journal CineAction, and his article  “Taxing Tobacco and the Metonymies of Virtue” is forthcoming in a collection of essays entitled Global Economies, Cultural Currencies of the Eighteenth Century, edited by Michael Schwartz for AMS Press.