Oromia Publishing Company proudly announces that it has initiated its activities by publishing its first book, Oromummaa: Oromo Culture, Identity and Nationalism. The central issue addressed in this book is the concept of Oromummaa as an Oromo cultural identity and oppressed nationalism and its impacts on Oromo individuals, community organizations, the Oromo national movement, and political and societal unity. It also identifies and explores the nature of Oromo political behavior and how Oromo politics, and why some Oromo elites in the Diaspora engage in destructive behavior by confusing politics with common sense. Although the book demonstrates that the development of Oromo nationalism is uneven because of several structural problems, the Oromo movement has been confronting its obstacles and marching towards an inevitable victory.
The book suggests some steps that Oromo individuals, communities, associations, religious institutions and political organizations must take to overcome major Oromo organizational and political problems in order to enable the Oromo nation to determine its self-determination. It specifically proposes that developing national and
global Oromummaa will help the Oromo people to create Oromo national power by overcoming the politics of clienteles on one hand, and the politics of exclusivist tendencies and fragmentation on the other. This means that the main objective of the Oromo national struggle is to make the Oromo people their own masters by defeating Ethiopian colonial institutions, the Oromo collaborative class, and political opportunists and free-riders. In other words, the Oromo struggle attempts to destroy all oppressive systems that hinder the emergence of Oromo national self-determination and democracy.
The book further demonstrates that the Oromo national movement needs to change its approaches because of the changing conditions of Oromo nationalism and multiple enemies the Oromo people face on local, regional and global levels. The approaches of trial and error and common sense politics cannot take the Oromo national struggle to its desired goals. Therefore, this book particularly challenges the Oromo national political leadership to get out of its comfort zones and converse with constituents, supporters and sympathizers and develop public policies that will make the Oromo people the owner of their national movement. Oromummaa: Oromo Culture, Identity and Nationalism particularly suggests that this is the only way that the entire Oromo people can be mobilized to defeat the Ethiopian colonial system and its Oromo collaborative class. Without building the Oromo movement on the Oromo cultural foundation and without expanding Oromummaa to all sectors of Oromo society, it is difficult to mobilize the Oromo people to take national political actions. It also demonstrates that Oromummaa is an emblem of Oromo society and as well as its vision in its march toward human liberation and popular gada democracy.
The author of the book is Asafa Jalata, Professor of Sociology, Global Studies, and Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Professor Jalata authored two books and edited two collection of essays, namely, Oromia & Ethiopia: State Formation and Ethnonational Conflict 1868-2004 (1993, 2005), Fighting Against the Injustice of the State and Globalization: Comparing the African American and Oromo Movements (2001), Oromo Nationalism and the Ethiopian Discourse: The Search for Freedom and Democracy (1998), and State Crises, Globalisation, and National Movements in the North-East Africa (2004). He also published twenty book chapters, thirty refereed scholarly articles, and two dozens of papers in popular magazines. He is currently writing two books, namely, The Oromo People’s Movement: Challenges and Prospects, and Faces of Terrorism in the Age of Globalization: From Christopher Columbus to Osama bin Laden.
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