Essay Review: Are the Tulama and Wallo Oromo Habasha?Pro. As-Hafaa Jaallataa _Introduction

Pro. As-Hafaa Jaallataa

Asafa Jalata
Department of Sociology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA.
DOI: 10.4236/sm.2021.114010PDFHTML XML142 Downloads   1,731 Views  


In his book, Brian J. Yates (2020) overgeneralizes the experiences of a few Oromo collaborator individuals from the Tulama and Wallo Oromo to the affairs of these Oromo groups. It claims that the Tulama and Wallo Oromo participated in the construction of the modern Ethiopian state between 1855 and 1913 and, in the process, became Habasha by abandoning their Oromo culture and identity. If the colonization of peoples would transform the cultures and uniqueness of the conquered peoples, today, the entire world population would have become the English and the French by rejecting their respective cultures and identities. But colonialism only creates collaborative classes from the dominated population groups to use them as intermediaries to facilitate the exploitation and oppression of the subaltern groups. The Tulama and Wallo Oromo case is not different. The Oromo intermediaries from these Oromo groups were assimilated to the Amhara/Habasha culture and state to promote their interests and the interest of their colonial masters at the cost of the Oromo masses. By using the critical and political economy analytical approaches, this review essay debunks the claims that the author of the book makes by ignoring the history, culture, and identity of the Oromo people, which have been suffering under Habasha colonialism in general, and Amhara colonialism in particular, for more than a century.


Tulama and Wallo OromoOromiaGobana and MenelikHabashaCompeting NationalismsOromoAmhara-TigrayThe Manz/Shawa KingdomThe Ethiopian Colonial State

Author: 21st Century Information Retrieval & Dissemination Network

Mulugeta Woldetsadik-Librarian @ Hawassa University, Hawassa City, Sidama Region, Ethiopia

4 thoughts on “Essay Review: Are the Tulama and Wallo Oromo Habasha?Pro. As-Hafaa Jaallataa _Introduction”

  1. Do You accept such kind of hate against other people as a research as a librarian??? what is the importance of this kind of books to the coming Generation ????

    On Sat, Oct 16, 2021, 5:57 AM [Library & Information Service] 21st Century Information Retrieval & Dissemination Network Professional Blog _Website wrote:

    > 21st Century Information Retrieval & Dissemination Network posted: ” Essay > Review: Are the Tulama and Wallo Oromo Habasha? Pro. As-Hafaa Jaallataa > Introduction The author alleges that the Northern Oromo, namely the Tulama > and Wallo Oromo, became Habasha through cultural and political intera” >


    1. Dear brother,
      I can’t sing your song. Know that I retrieve and transmit information so as not to please or make people feel dissatisfied. If you are logical, read the research article thoroughly and forward your review to the public, which proves that this research article is not important to the next generation, rather than ignorantly criticizing what others are making public to the target audience.

      • Answer to your question As a librarian, do you accept such…..? Yes, Ia an advocate of open access as a librarian and I accept all open access research articles as well as information resources/books both on paper and in print, good or bad, and make them available to information seekers who wish to use them for their own purposes, be it research or entertainment. etc … librarians are information officers The library is an information center.

      Thanks to the 21st century, I am not a routine librarian, but an impact librarian.

      “There are good books and there are bad books, period, that’s the distinction.” _ Norton Juster

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