Minutes of NOS meeting 15 Dec 2018-12-15

Introduction and welcome: Teshoma Begna (TB) and Teferi Dagena(TD) as a member of NOS


  1. Gizaw Tassisa (GT) London UK
  2. Elfineh Bariso (EB) London UK
  3. Teferi Degeneh London UK
  4. Edao Boru (EB) London UK
  5. Sefan Koriche (SK) London UK
  6. Teshome N. Begna -Kabul Pakistan
  7. Gosaye Fida(GF) London UK


Abaraa Dagafa (AD) AAU, Ethiopia

Alemayehu Kumsa (AK) Prague

Wase Berhanu (WB) AAU, Ethiopia

Alemu Hailu (AB) AAU, Ethiopia

Dessalegn Chalchisa (DC) AAU, Ethiopia

 Agenda item

  • Update of GT visit to Oromia and recruitment
  • The new nomination board proposal
  • Executive committee nomination
  • Conference ad hoc working in partnership with IOS in Jimma University
  • Opening NOS bank account in Ethiopia
  • AOB


  1. Join conference on 18th-19th  July 2019
  2. Proposed board members agreed and approved
  3. GT to collect brief biography of new board members to update website and record,
  4. EB updated on journal work and search for a publisher. He proposed open source online publishing as a possible option for NOS journal.
  5. Approved board editorial members,
  • EB- Chair
  • TD
  • TB
  • AD
  • AK
  1. AD TD and EB and  AK to be editorial board members
  2. GT to create email contact with editorial board members urgently
  3. SK and WB approved to be executive board members
  4. Ad hoc member for IOS partnership conference in July 2019
  • Theme:
    • TD , GT and EB
  • steering team members:
    • SK and GT AK,
  • Fundraising:
    • TB and GF, DC Malaku ( AA University), Taye Ragasa
  • Research papers scrutiny and editorial:
    • EB and WB and AK
  • Publication and records:
    • EB
  • TB to look for additional members of fundraising when he travels to Ethiopia.
  • Bank account should be on the name of NOS. GT to follow how this could materials and update at the next meeting.
  • Teshome to look for new NOS members and campaign among academic and other institutions in Oromia
  • NOS membership should consider women participate actively as to reflect equality and diversity.
  • Teshome to approach someone in social anthropology at AA university
  • EB to create a folder on one drive to ensure documents are kept in one place
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The Network of Oromo studies Job Vacancy


Volunteer vacancy

Job title: Fund and research personnel

Job description

The resource and research personnel is accountable to the director and performs the following duties:

  • Search and liaison with donation firms and make applications for fund
  • Search and set research area that helps informed policy decision making
  • Identify firms looking for consultancy service
  • In consultation with the director, complete respective forms from firms who seek consultancy service.
  • Undertake continued to follow up of  applications for fund
  • Attend NOS executive/board members meeting where necessary
  • Update ‘resource ‘page of NOS
  • Undertake promotion activities for funding and NOS membership development


  • First degree and above in any area of study
  • Experience in fundraising and research is value added


  • Employment priority of  the consultancy project  for which  fund is secured through his duty
  • Improve your CV for further career and NOS as a reference
  • Attend NOS conferences for free
  • Free subscription to NOS journal
  • Free NOS membership
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The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) Conference Successfully Concluded

The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) Conference Successfully Concluded

The Network of Oromo Studies Conference held in London at the University of East London from September 1-2, 2018 was Successfully Concluded.

Attendants were across the world mainly from USA, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Ethiopia and UK.

The conference was officially opened by the speech made by Dr Gizaw Tasissa, NOS director. After outlining the purposes of NOS, Gizaw noted that NOS encourages junior researchers without missing senior ones. He also underlined that NOS is dedicated to encouraging scientific researches in Afaan Oromo and will extend its conference venue to countries outside UK.

Professor Asmerom Legesse delivered keynote speech that indicated the relevance of having number of research institutions like NOS in exploring and knowledge banking as well as provide information for policy makers.

The following research papers were presented and discussed during the conference.

  • A Comparative Analysis of Colonial Empires in Africa.
  • The Oromo Gada System in Contemporary (21st C) World.
  • Article 39, Oromo Nationalism and Abyssinian Exceptionalism.
  • Features and Implications of Linguicism in the Ethiopian Language Policy and Practice.
  • The second day of the conference deliberated on the keynote speech by Dr Rundasa Eshete via skype.
  • Experiential reflection, writing experiences of an Oromo writer- Mr. Mengesha Rikitu.
  • The Ethiopian Empire and its Haunting Ghost: The National Question! What does this mean to Oromo Nationalism?

The second day was marked by the special event of award of honor to Professor Asmerom Legesse sent from Oromia, Borana Oromos. The award was Kallacha, which is a symbol of power, reconciliation/peace, and sovereignty of the Oromo gada system. The Network of Oromo studies is honored to award this to Professor Asmerom Legesse who is proliferator of Oromo studies and dedicated his full scholastic time to unveil the concealed and misinterpreted Oromo heritage.

The conference was successfully concluded with the reflections and discussions by the attendants. Please visit NOS website for details.

Opening speech

A special Award to Professor Asmerom Leggesse

Group photo of the closing day

Cultural dress of Oromo Abba Gada

More Picture of the participants



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NOS Second International Conference Programme

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The Network of Oromo Studies International Conference

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The Network of Oromo studies 2nd International conference, London Sept 1-2/2018

Professor Asmarom Leggesse Speaks On  Gada Institutions In The Contemporary World.

Debates on Self Determination, colonization , Ethiopian Language Policy And Others.

Come along

For further information, please visit http://networkoromostudies.com/?page_id=24

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Please follow this link and apply for the Afan Oromo speaker’s linguistic job.



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Introduction to NOS

The field of Oromo studies has relatively been a neglected area of academic pursuit for too long. While a few organisations such as Oromo Studies Association (OSA) and individuals make formidable efforts to promote this field, there is a scarcity of depth and width of robust research activities in various disciplines. NOS strives to address this gap.

The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) is established by Oromo scholars and friends of Oromo in 2015; registered non-profit organisation in the UK, and operates internationally.

The objective of The Network of Oromo Studies is to conduct and sponsor scientific research on issues relevant to Oromia and the Oromo people in all disciplines; document and conserve the Oromo indigenous and contemporary knowledge and practices.  NOS encourages bilingual research (English and Afaan Oromo) endeavours.

The first International conference was convened in 2016 at the University of East London, London.

The second conference is to be convened 1st and 2nd  September ,-2018 in  London. NOS is pleased to invite you to participate in this international conference. Please visit NOS website  :  http://networkoromostudies.com/ for further information   and direct any query to email: info@networkoromostudies.com

The Board of the Network of Oromo Studies (NOS).

  Turura Qoranno Oromo (TQO)

Hojin qorannoo Oromo yeroo dheraadhaf kan dagatamee turedha. Hoji kana dagaagsuf dhabbilleen qoranno muraasni  kan akka Waldaa Qoranno Oromo (OSA) fi hayyotni dhuunfaa ifaajee cimaa yoo godhaniyyu, qoranno fi qo’anno ballinaa fi gad fagenyaan gosa beekumsaa hundaan gochurratti hanqinni guddaan jira. Turura Qoanno Oromo (TQO) hanqina  kana dhiphisuf dhabbate.

TQO hayyota Oromoo fi firottan Oromotin bara 2015 biyya Inglizitti (UK) seeran kan dhaabbate, dhaabata bu’amalessa yammu ta’u hojisaa kan hojjatu adunyaa guutu kessatti.

Kaayyon TQO qorannoo sayinsawaa Oromiyaa fi Ummata Oromo ni fayyada jedhu ademsisuu fi gargaarsa gochuu, beekusumaa fi barsifannoo kufame ol kaa’uudha. TQOn qo’annoo Afaan Ingliziti fi Afaan Oromotin hojjatamu jajjabessa.

Ifaajee Kanaan bara 2016 konfaransii jalqabaa sadarkaa adunyaatti London ‘University of East London’tti ademsisera. Konfaransii lammaffaa Fulbaana 1-2,2018 London’tti ademsisa. Konfaransii kanarratti akka hirmaattanif TQO kabajaan isin afeera. Odeffanno bal’adhaf marsaritii TQO  http://networkoromostudies.com/ hordofaa.

Gaffii yo qabaattan karaa imeeli: info@networkoromostudies.com  nu barressaa.

Boordii Turura Qo’anno Oromo


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Oromo youth Scholars workshop

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Call for paper

The    Network of Oromo Studies 2nd International Conference in London, University of East London, September 1-2, 2018.

The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) invites contributions of research papers from established academics, practitioners and students of Oromo Studies to its 2nd International Conference.

ThemeColonial Boundaries, Oromo Nationalism and World Order


The partition of Africa among the European powers following the Berlin Conference of 1884–85 established the current borders and boundaries of the continent. The demarcations were arbitrary and imposed by the European colonialists annexing different peoples into countries that do not represent their heritage, cultures, territories, socio-political systems or aspirations. For example, the Tripartite Treaty of 1906 and subsequent Herstlett 1909: Article 1 agreement among Britain, France and Italy created Ethiopia, in Holcomb and Sisay’s terms, a dependent colonial state which incorporated many independent neighbouring states such as Oromia, Ogadenia and Sidama.

Since the formation of the arbitrary colonial boundaries and dependent states was not based on consultation and the consent of the people affected by the imposition, resistance has been mounting again them. The opposition to colonial boundaries and dependent states has been led by nationalist movements in Africa and elsewhere due to disputed borders and quest for national self -determination. The movements in the Horn of Africa include Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, Oromo Liberation Front, Ogadenian Liberation Front, Sidama Liberation Front and Sudanese People’s Liberation Army. In the case of Eritrea and South Sudan, the nationalists led resistance has achieved independence. Other movements are still continuing with their struggle for self-determination. This struggle has costed hundreds of thousands of human lives and significant material resources. There is no much evidence to suggest that these movements and the Ethiopian government are likely to resolve their differences peacefully at the moment.

The UN, the AU, the western governments have been criticised for not doing much to stop the repression against nationalist movements by governments such as that of Ethiopia. The UN and the AU charters are committed to the so-called “principle of inviolability” of inherited boundaries from colonialism. The western media are also accused of ignoring or under-reporting the human rights abuses and the plight of the people who seek to exercise their rights to self-determination. Nationalism has remained a major force to challenge dependent state’s status quo. Others argue that globalisation will resolve the nationalists’ demand for self-determination. The recent British vote to break away from the European Union defies the globalisation argument and strengths a nationalistic desire to maintain one’s own full sovereignty.

The planned Conference seeks to analyse the above raised dilemmas in the contemporary struggle for nations to form statehood from multiple perspectives. The Conference welcomes research papers that scrutinise the past and present developments of multinational states, the challenges of formation and reconfiguration of colonial boundaries as well as efforts and failures to resolve nationalists’ quest for statehood with reference to the conflicts in  Ethiopia.

Research papers, which examine the impacts of prolonged political conflicts on social, economic, political, cultural and educational development in the Horn of Africa in general, and Oromia, in particular, will be considered. A critical analysis of the roles of stakeholders such as international (UN, INGOs), supranational agencies (AU, EU etc.) and other governments in addressing any deleterious consequences of colonial boundaries and suggestions on a sustainable way forward will be relevant to this conference.

Important Dates

  • Submission of abstract no more than 300 words 30th of May 2018
  • Notification of acceptance, of abstract for the conference 30thof June 2018
  • Full paper submission deadline 15th of July, 2018

For more information please email:info@networkoromostudies.com
The Network of Oromo Studies (NOS) is a company registered in the United Kingdom.

For more details please visit our website.   http://networkoromostudies.com

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