Frequency count myth of OPDO

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OPDO’s Frequency count myth
Frequency of letters in Afaan Oromoo. You can see which letter has the highest frequency, L or A.

You might have heard the latest fiasco regarding the rearrangement of Qubee Afaan Oromo, as initially reported by TVO – the official OPDO media outlet. This latest news has created a storm among Oromoo people in diaspora and in Oromia, who reacted to the sudden roll out of new teaching curriculum, in selected schools of central Oromia.

The official explanation from OPDO officials regarding the rearrangement of Qubee alphabets has left many scratching their heads after closely examining studies cited or lack thereof any credible studies by OPDO officials. One study that was cited by the officials and warranted further scrutiny was ostensibly undertaken using software called Primer Pro. Using Primer Pro, as claimed by the officials, they analyzed the frequency of words in Afaan Oromo and concluded based on their results, the most frequent syllable to be “La”. This was the basis of the initiative to rearrange the Qubee alphabets from A B C D… to L A G M.. in the new curriculum.

The OPDO officials are unwilling to provide their research methodology or provide estimates of the number of words used to conduct the research. With similar information on the methodology used by OPDO for conducting the research, our researchers at Grand Afaan Oromo Project – a project being undertaken to translate Afaan Oromo in Google, duplicated the same study using Primer Pro software. A total of 5,234,866 Afaan Oromo words were entered into the software to analyze the frequency of syllables and letters. The result is presented in the table above. The letter “L” is ranked 13th most frequent letter in Afaan Oromo words, not even close to being the most frequent letter as claimed by government officials, as the basis for changing the order of Qubee. “A” is the most frequent letter and “La” is 19th in frequency.

Initially, the government officials claimed that the change in the order of Qubee was based on research funded by the USAID called EGRA (Early Grade Reading Assessment). Once the officials realized there was no such recommendation suggested in this USAID project report, they switched their narrative and claimed they based their decision on Primer Pro software study outcome.

Linguists and computer experts at GAOP used the same software and came to a different conclusion. This is yet another proof that changes to Qubee order was not made based on any credible research. While we cannot say for certain the motive behind the changes made, we can rule out that it was based on a credible study.


  1. Thank you GAOP for scientific analysis on Qubee Afaan Oromo as a response to OPDO. In reality, the Qubee Alphabet was not the motive for changing Qubee Afaan Oromo, it is a politics of old arrangement to destroy Afaan Oromo again. Fool and morally inrespossible OPDO came to act as a foot soldier of the Habasha particularly ahmaru including their Church who want to see the Oromos to be erased from the planet. It is the renewal of old hateful against the Oromos in front the eyes of Puppet Lemmaa Magarssa who disgracefully failed to protect his nation while boasting for economic revolution to hide such agenda- diverted attention.
    our enemies pushing us in extreme corner: Finfinnee Master Plan was only for such preparation while Qubee Afaan Oromo came as the last confrontational true Master plan which will lead the catastrophic instability of the horn and a great danger for eventual co-existence with Habasha if not urgently stopped.
    As as a quensequnce, the Oromos left with only one option to fight back until the last victory or death for the sake of our existence as a nation.

  2. I heard them saying that they based their decision on the number of occurrences of letter in a document/s. How were these so called document selected? What were the criteria to make them representative samples of all/ any other documents? Why is the rearrangement needed after all. Children can be taught the words containing the frequent sounds/letters without the need for arranging. I have a little daughter here in preschool, in one of European countries, they never taught her alphabet by its own rather they taught her how to read or say sounds in a word. To do this they used simple words that can be understood and those can associated to concrete materials. This is what pedagogic and child’s developmental concepts require, not the rearrangement of the alphabet. Clearly, there was other needs than pedagogical one.

    There individuals who were working on it for many years, at least months, before coming out of the country. Why did they not expose this issue to the Oromo people? WHY? Again there were people you could easily get another very classified official documents, and expose them. How come they couldn’t get this one?????

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