special interest of the state of Oromia in Addis Ababa [Finfinne],
provision of social services or the utilization of natural resources
similar matters, as well as joint administrative matters arising from
location of Addis Ababa within the State of Oromia, shall be respected."
(5) of the Ethiopian constitution of December 8, 1994.
Caffee gadi ilaaluun hafe;
Finifinne loon geessani
Hora obaasuun hafe;
Yaa'iin Gullallee hafe;
Qoraan cabsachuun hafe;
Hurufa Boombii irraatti
Jabbiilee yaasuun hafe;
Bara jarri dhufani
Loon keenyas hindhumani;
Edda Mashashaan dhufee
The writing on the right
is a rough translation
Afaan Oromo (Oromo language) to English of Oromo folklore on the left.
It was sung over a hundred years ago when Finfinne, later renamed Addis
Ababa reportedly by Menelik's wife, Taitu, was occupied by Menelik's
force whose commander's first name was Meshesha.
Lost is standing
To look down the meadow below;
Lost is taking the cattle to Finfinne
To water at the mineral spring;
Lost is gathering on Daalattii hill
For Gullallee congress (Gada assembly);
Lost is crossing over to Gafarsa
To gather firewoods;
Lost is grazing our calves
In the Boombii field;
The year the people came
Even our cattle died;
Since Meshesha came
Lost is our dignity.
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