July 13: Finfinne Day (Guyyaa Finfinnee) Revisiting the Oromo Roots of Finfinne in Pictures

July 13: Finfinne Day (Guyyaa Finfinnee) Revisiting the Oromo Roots of Finfinne in Pictures

Source: Finfinne Tribune

July 13 is marked every year by Oromo nationalists around the world to celebrate Finfinne, and to commemorate the heroines and heroes who had fallen while fighting against the removal of Oromia’s Capital from Finfinne in the early 2000’s.

Finfinne used to be the home of Oromo tribes/clans of Gullallee, Galaan and Ekaa, to name a few, before it fell under Abyssinia’s rule in the late 19th century, and got renamed as “Addis Ababa.” Before its fall, Afan Oromo used to be the official language of Finfinne to conduct political duties of the then Gullallee Gadaa government. Since the late 19th century, Afan Oromo has been banned as the official language of Finfinne. Currently, there is a campaign to reinstate Afan Oromo as the official Working Language of the Federal Government seated in Addis Ababa (Finfinne). Culturally, the inauguration of the Oromo Cultural Arts and National History Center in Finfinne earlier this year has been lauded as a historic milestone. The Center has already become the focal point of the resurgent Oromo culture and arts in Finfinne.

The photos below show the historic Finfinne with its rich Oromo Cushitic roots as well as Finfinne’s new Oromo Cultural Arts and National History Center, and this brief look at Finfinne can’t be complete without Haacaaluu’s latest music about Finfinne (watch below). Photos were gathered from Qeerroo.org and the social media.

Finfinnee Handhuura Oromiyaa Haa Falmtnu!!

Jaarraa tokkoon dura biyyi keenya Oromiyaan bittaa Habashootaa jala erga galtee biyyaa fi mirga abbaa biyyummaa sarbamuu irratti dabalee qe’ee fi qabeenyi Oromoo hedduun samame.Dhalli Oromoo gabrummaan qabamee biyya fagootti gurgurame. Kanas kan taasise mootummaan Habashaa teessuma isaa handhuura biyya keenyaa Finfinnee taasiseeti,dachii abootootii keenyaa fi gootota Oromoo irraa dhiibatee qubsuma malgaalaa taasise.
Bara 100 dura yeroo Finfinneen harka Habshootaa jala galtee dachiin keenya waan fakkaatuu fi akkaataa qubsuma Habshootaa suuraa armaa gadii hamma tokko ni hima.

Other neighborhood in Finfinne (now named Addis Ababa):

Naannoo Horaa bara 1892 (The Hot Spring now named Filwuha in 1892):

Naannoo DAALLATTII (now named Arat Kilo):

Naannoo Birbirsa Gooroo Bara 1897 (the area now named Arada or Piazza in 1897):

Naannoo Birbirsa Gooroo Bara 1917 (it shows Odaa Ya’aa Gullallee – the area now has the Statue of Menelik):

Other neighborhood in Finfinne (now named Addis Ababa):

Formerly, Qa’ee Tufaa Munaa (now the Arat Kilo Palace):

Naannoo DAALLATTII / ፈረስ ማሰሪያ ዛሪ አራት ኪሎ ተብሎ በሚታወቀው አካባቢ የራስ መኮንን የቅርብ ወዳጅ በነበር አንድ ፈረንሳዊ ተከፍ

Adabbii OROMOOTA Irraan Gahaa Turame

Dubartii bishaan (hubboodhan) waraabdee galtu, Qarqara magaala Finfinne (VOA Afaan Oromoo, Faayilii)

Addis Ababa / ኣዲስ ፡ ኣበባ (Ethiopia) – Side street south of Meskal square (Danielzolli), 2016

Addis Ababa / አዲስ ፡ አበባ (Ethiopia) – Guinea-Conakry Street, View of Addis Ababa’s Kazanchis neighborhood, with Guinea Conakry Street in the foreground, seen from a balcony of Hotel Intercontinental. Photo by Danilezolli, Jan 15, 2010

Oromo Women of Burden, Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, is surrounded by the Entoto Hills which were extensively planted with eucalyptus in the late 19th century to serve as a source of firewood. The use of these forests as a source of energy continues to this day. The work of gathering the wood falls to women, who can be seen daily carrying their huge loads down the mountain. One wonders how these women manage their burden and whether they are ever able to regain an erect posture. Photo by El-Len, January 6, 2012

1 thought on “July 13: Finfinne Day (Guyyaa Finfinnee) Revisiting the Oromo Roots of Finfinne in Pictures

  1. Do something about it or walk away oromo.! These people are shameless liars and everybody knows that.

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