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Little Oromia (aka Minnesota) Gears Up for the Year’s Biggest Diaspora Festival of Oromummaa

Posted: Adoolessa/July 20, 2014 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (1)

Minnesota’s Twin Cities, also known as “Little Oromia” for being the home of the largest Oromo population outside of the Horn of Africa, will be the venue for the 2014 OSFNA Sports Tournaments. Less than two weeks are left before this year’s 19th Annual OSFNA Soccer Tournament kickoff on August 2, 2014. First started in 1996, the OSFNA (Oromo Sports Federation of North America) organizes an annual soccer tournament among teams drawn from major North American cities with sizable Oromo expat populations, and the venue for each year’s tournament has been rotating among the participating cities over the last 19 years.

Unlike previous years, the 2014 OSFNA Sports Tournaments will include basketball, women’s volleyball and the Abebe Bikila Legacy Two-Mile Race in addition to the soccer tournament, according to information posted on OSFNA.org. What’s more, this year’s Soccer Tournament will also include game participants from Australia. OMN (Oromia Media Network) has also partnered with OSFNA to broadcast the 2014 OSFNA Soccer Tournaments live.

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Lasting for a week (August 2, 2014 to August 9, 2014) known as the OROMO WEEK, sports is only one of the activities in Little Oromia. The OROMO WEEK is also a time of heritage (Oromummaa) celebration for the Oromo expats in Little Oromia and those visiting Little Oromia from all over the world. A number of music concerts with Oromo recording artists, the Bakakkaa Oromo Music Awards (debuting this year), the Mr. and Miss Oromo North America Pageant Show, and community and civic conferences are among the non-sports activities during this year’s OROMO WEEK. In addition, heritage products (such as music CD’s, drama/music DVD’s, drama/music VCD’s, cultural clothes, food, etc.) will be available for purchase at stalls located at/near the event arenas.

The following is a mini-schedule of the activities during the 2014 OROMO WEEK in Little Oromia; this section will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

August 2, 2014 – August 9, 2014: OSFNA Sports Tournaments
Find a detailed program of OSFNA events here.

August 6, 2014: The Miss & Mr. Oromo North American Pageant Show and Concert
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August 7, 2014: The Bakakkaa Oromo Music Awards
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August 7, 2014: Oromummaaf Jecha – Hachalu, Hirphaa, Muktar and Abebe
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August 8 and August 9, 2014: The Abebe Bikila Legacy Two-Mile Race
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Hagayya 8, 2014: Kora Gamtaa ABO 2014 – Qophii Bashannanaa Walliftoota Bebekkamoo Waliin
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August 8, 2014: Concert on Mississippi River with Hirphaa, Addisu, Abebe, Nigusu and Muktar
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Hagayya 9, 2014: Walgahii – Kora Gamtaa ABO Kutaalee USA fi Kaanaadaa
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August 9, 2014: OSFNA Closing Night Concert with Dr. Ali Birra, Dawite Mekonnen and Adnan Mohammed
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Hagayya 9-10, 2014: Ayyaana Yaadannoo Qabsoo Diddaa Gabrummaa
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New DVD Available during OROMO WEEK:
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New DVD Available during OROMO WEEK:
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  1. AHMED OSMAN

    July 24, 2014 at 2:43 am

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