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Haile Fida Kuma: the Father of Qubee Afan Oromo (OroMedia)

Posted: Muddee/December 17, 2014 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (31)

Dr. Haile Fida Kuma

Dr. Haile Fida Kuma

(OroMedia.Net) – Dr. Haile Fida Kuma had made an outstanding contribution to the development of the Oromo national orthography. He was one of the pioneers who attempted to shed light on the history of the Oromo; and the right of the Oromo people to speak, read and write in Afan Oromo. He initiated Oromo studies in Europe and had made a major contribution both to our knowledge of Afan Oromo grammar and to the discussion on how the language should be written (from 1968 to 1974). His first research paper, entitled ‘Languages in Ethiopia: Latin or Geez for Writing Afan Oromo,’ was published in 1972 on Tatek, a theoretical Journal of Ethiopian Studies in Europe. He further published in 1973 an Oromo Grammar book entitled ‘Hirmaata Dubbi Afaan Oromoo’ (Paris, Haile Fida, et al., 1973). Hirmaata Dubbi Afaan Oromoo and a literature book: ‘Barra Birraan Barihe‘ (Paris), using his adopted 35-letter Latin Qubee alphabet. The books were results of his long-time study of the Oromo language and problems of Oromo orthography.

In this groundbreaking Afan Oromo grammar book, he adopted the Latin alphabet to the phonology of the Oromo language by modifying some of the shapes of the letters and adding subscript diacritics. He made distinctions between short and long vowels letters by using single vowels letters (i, e, a, o and u) for the former, and double (ii, aa, oo, uu) ones for the latter. He presented the finding of his research to the conference of the Ethiopian Students Union in Europe in 1972 and this brought a debate on language issues within the Ethiopian and Oromo students movement abroad (see, Dr. Fayisa Demie, “Historical Challenges in the Development of the Oromo Language and Some Agenda for Future Research,” Journal of Oromo Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1 & 2, pp. 18-27, 1996; and Dr. Fayisa Demie, “The Father of Qubee Afan Oromo: A Tribute in Honour of Haile Fida’s Contributions to the Development of Oromo Orthography,” Oromia Quarterly, Vol. II, No. 3. pp. 1-5, 1999.)

His knowledge on Oromo language was so encyclopedic, and his contribution to the Oromo studies in Europe was so well known at the time, and his contribution was greatly acknowledged by the Oromians who knew him very closely. Oromo national organisations have used Qubee Afan Oromo since the 1970’s. The Oromo National Convention in 1991 also endorsed the use of Qubee all over Oromia.

Dr. Haile was assassinated by the Dergue Ethiopian regime before seeing this remarkable achievement in the use of Qubee in Oromia – which has been the greatest milestone in the history of the Oromo people. Dr. Haile Fida completed his initial primary education at Arjo Primary School, and his Junior (Grades 7-8) at the then Haile Selassie I Secondary school in Naqamtee followed with secondary education at the General Wingate School in Finfinne, and undergraduate at Finfinne University (Science Faculty, Geology Department). Haile was an outstanding student while he was at the General Wingate Secondary School and the university. He completed his secondary education with 10A’s and 2B’s, and his undergraduate university studies with great distinction with a GPA of 4.0. After graduating from the Department of Geology, he was employed as a Graduate Assistant and became a Lecturer in the same department. He then left to France to pursue postgraduate studies.

Haile studied M.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology, and PhD in Philosophy at the Le Palais De L’Académie Paris. While he was in Europe, he was an active member of the Ethiopian Students Union in Europe and an Honorary Secretary of the French Socialist Party. Dr. Haile was married to Mme. Marie and survived with two children. Haile belonged to a group of generation of Oromo nationalists who embarked on an arduous struggle to liberate the Oromo nation from the Ethiopian oppression using two different strategies.

The first Oromo group is convinced that the Oromo question is a colonial question, and argued the solution to the Oromo question is the liberation of Oromia from the Ethiopian colonialism. Indeed, to show the Oromo identity as a colonial people deprived of their right to govern themselves democratically and oppressed by Amhara/Tigrai colonial settlers, they have put forward historical evidences which support the Oromo case.

The second group, in which Haile belonged, argues the Oromo question is national oppression, and this group is convinced that it is possible to solve the problem through the democratization of the Ethiopian state. As part of their struggle against the national oppression, this group of Oromos have attempted to take forward the national question high on the agenda of the Ethiopian Students Movement and other Ethiopian organisations that have mushroomed since the Ethiopian Revolution in 1974. The first members of this generation were born in the early 1940’s, and the youngest in the early and mid 1950’s. It is a generation of Oromo activists who have come together to struggle against the national oppression.

Most of them had been killed while struggling for the Oromo cause or while attempting to change Ethiopia. Indeed, Haile was one of the victims who died while attempting to change the environment of the national oppression in Ethiopia. He was killed by Ethiopians while struggling against the national oppression, and for the right of the Oromo people to speak and write in their language. His death at a younger age robs Oromia of an enthusiastic, hardworking and committed Oromo professional. The inspiration he provided throughout his life continues to influence Oromo scholars and new generations in the field of Oromo studies.

– Source: OroMedia.net

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  1. Abbaa Boora Reply

    December 17, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Thank you for posting this glorious history!

    Now I understand that Amharas were the ones who taught the present-day Tigre terrorists how to eliminate the best and finest oromos.

    The day of judgment will arrive.

    • hmmmmm Reply

      January 26, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      please stop blaming Habehsa..enemies do what enemies do. Blame our own people, who still run after them because they believe they can not achieve anything without habesha. Blame Lencho Leta who sold his people and his land. Meless is smart enough to get his people out of poverty for good yes for good. Our people are leaving their country to be slave in other countries or die worthless death like dogs. The habeshas will continue doing what their doing but I never blame them or will never, but my people.

      How long it took you to understand that Amhar thought Tigre how to eleminate oromos? this people are one and they been working together but pretend to be enemies. Who is behind Addis Ababa master plan?

  2. xy Reply

    December 17, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    This is very touching article.
    Thank you for posting this article. Oromos with Habashas symphathy and believes to work together to democrataise ethiopia, watch out your habashas friends..

  3. Lammii Baatii Reply

    December 18, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Barri hamma fedhe dheeratu seenaan nama dhugaa dalagee yoomillee hin dagatamu . Gootichi Oromoo Dr Hayilee Fidaa Beekumsasaa dhaloota Oromootti dabarsee otoo hin raawwatiin harka yakkamtootaatti darbe.Abashaan yoomuu Qaroo keenya balleessuuf yeroo isaan harka saanii nurraa fudhatan hin jiru.dhaloonni har’aallee kanarraa damaqinsaan of eguu qaba.warri firummaa isaan cimsachuu barbaadanis dhugaa kanarraa barnoota argachuu qabu.yoo didanii firummaa abashaa filatan garuu carraan Oromoota harka abashaatti dhumanii isaan kana biras hin darbu.Qarriffaa Saree Lafeerratti akeekkatu jedhani.Warri seenaa Goota kanaa nu dhageesistan hedduu galatooma.

    Lammii Baatii

  4. kali Reply

    December 18, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Thank Dr Haile Our finest hero you fallen for Oromo people I couldn’t stop my tears. The cause you fallen for is alive and flourishing. We will never stop till our freedom is gained

  5. bonso Reply

    December 18, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Thank you for introducing to us this oromo’s hero picture. Earlier I have in my mind only
    his significant contribution but now I have in my mind his picture too. Introducing
    past oromo’s hero pictures enable us to have full picture of them.So,performing this
    kinds of activity should be encouraged to make them eternal.

  6. kali Reply

    December 18, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Thank Dr Haile Our finest hero you fallen for Oromo people I couldn’t stop my tears. The cause you have fallen for is alive and flourishing. We will never stop till our freedom is gained. Those who want to erase our identity they failed and they will fail.

  7. dejan Reply

    December 18, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Just ..one in a billion every one hundred years. Haile is just that…..

  8. Lami Reply

    December 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Qabsaawaan ni kufa qabsoon itti fufa!!!

    Dr. Haylee Fiidaa biyyoon yaa salphatuuf, jannataan yaa qananiisu!!!

  9. yonakaa Reply

    December 19, 2014 at 1:55 am

    More or less I knew the story of Haile Fida.His death born another dictator
    for horn of Africa.What Iam not under stand is whats the meaning of building schools,Colleges and Universities?Why students going to school?
    when such peoples like haile Fida can’t serve their own people and country.
    Why same African leaders don’t know what humanity is?really it is amazing.

    • hmmm Reply

      January 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      The question should be more like why Habehas rulers does not know what humanity is? the answer is simple, because they were not raised that way..period.

  10. Dambal Reply

    December 19, 2014 at 5:18 am

    dear gadaa.com! please explain the logic behind the seemingly nonsensical obligatory math quiz!! ***
    I read this article with the deserved interest. however, there are some missing important details.one is that Hirmaata Dubbii was not a product of Haile alone. obbo abdulahi yosuf and Obbo mitiku tarfassa were the main collaborators on the project. Mitiku interrupted his education at Haille Sellassie 1 University and joined Haile and Abdulahi in Germany to work on the project. Secondly, “Bara Birraan Barihe” was written by Abdulahi and Mitiku. Haile may have helped in the process of its production in more than one ways but it should be underscored that this work was the brainchild of Abdulahi and Mitiku. It is ironic that all three met their ends in the hands of the very enemy they tirelessly defended from “anarchists” and “narrow-minded nationalists”. Haile, indeed, has contributed to the development of Oromo literature and even more so to “upgrade” Amharic. However, we are mindful of the destructive rolls some “Meisson” Oromo elements incurred on the infant Oromo national struggle in that era. Their ghost is haunting the movement in different forms and subtle guises even today.

  11. Jt Reply

    December 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you for posting this brave oromo’s guy history in your website. As I read from different articles his activities for the freedom of Oromo and other people was enormous . We have to recollect his particular duties in the struggle for freedom.

  12. dambal Reply

    December 20, 2014 at 6:12 am

    I sent a comment pertaining to an article on obbo Haile Fida’s contribution to Oromo orthography in hopes that Gada.com is a free media open to all responsible opinions. I am now led to believe that censorship mechanisms we thought we left behind in Ethiopia is very alive and vibrant in this free country. If this is a mouthpiece to any interest group past or present, it should be declared in advance to let the readers know that only glorifications of that specific group is welcome. Otherwise, gada.com is legally obliged to honor and entertain all views within the bounds of freedom of speech and intellectual discourse. I sincerely believe attempts to practice censorship as a weapon of silencing different opinions in a country that jealously guards citizens’ right to freedom of speech is a dangerously ill-advised adventure. I hope my comment is treated equally as other comments and reach your readers. It is disheartening to note that we practice the very evil habits we pretend to fight against.

  13. Hawwinee Barii Reply

    December 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this incredible history of this incredible son of Oromia. What an achievement for ones work to be embraced by the entire Oromo nation. This is what every Oromo with a sound mind should live for. Because of Haile and as Dambal says, other gallant sons of Oromia, Afaan Oromoo has also become language for science and technology. So what every Oromo should ask him/herself is, about what Oromo people got because of our existence. If Oromo world do not get something because of our existence, that means our existence is valueless. Let declare the day Haile was executed Afaan Oromoo day.

  14. albasa dagaga Reply

    December 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Haile Fida was incontestably a complex man of incredible intellect and a sophisticated politician. He was the best of his time and an incredible leader who wanted to transform Ethiopia. He believed the Oromo have inalienable right to live as free in his homeland Oromia in equality with other nations and nationalities in that empire. To that end, the most noted of his contributions was the development of our own qubbee with his colleagues Mitiku Tarfasa and Abdoulahi Yousuf and probably others. On 3rd November 1991 the OLF convened a meeting of over 1,000 Oromo intellectuals to decide which alphabet to use to write Oromo and decided unanimously to adopt the Latin alphabet now commonly known as Qube. Today, Qube is Oromia national language of instruction, commerce, legislative and judiciary. Qube will forever personify Haile Fida’s signature contribution to his people.

    Haile was a socialist and was an active member of the French socialist party. He also naively believed Ethiopia can be transformed using socialist mode production through waging national democratic revolution. Several Oromo of great intellect and hundreds of thousands of brilliant Oromo youth joined Haile Fida and his Meison in trying to transform Ethiopia. The Abysinnians, who never believed in the past and at the present, in the right of Oromo and other southern nations and nationalities to live in freedom and equality with them, murdered Haile and eventually wiped out his organization killing mercilessly those they captured and imprisoning others. Oromia lost thousands of her brightest sons and daughters in a flush who were naive enough to believe you can transform Abysinnian mind and soul through education and dialogue. The struggle for the Oromo to their right to self-determination through waging armed struggle continued by those who understood the Abysinnians and that endeavor has achieved quantifiable positive results, albeit shoddier than expectations. Notwithstanding, our strategy is correct compared with that of Haile Fida et al, for we are inching towards achieving the ultimate goal of independent Oromia. One only wonders where Oromia would be today had Oromo intelligentsia who joined Abysinnian political parties such as Haile Fida(Head of Meison), Dr. Senay Likke (head of Wez League), Abera waqjirra (polit bureau of EPRP) understood the Abysinnian psych stayed “home” rather than overwhelming themselves with virtuous but naively and wishful theory picked-up from reading Marxist books. What do the Ethiopianist Oromo intellectuals of today learn from these recent past? Looks like not much after all! albasa

  15. albasa dagaga Reply

    December 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Haile Fida was incontestably a complex man of incredible intellect and a sophisticated politician. He was the best of his time and an incredible leader who wanted to transform Ethiopia. He believed the Oromo have inalienable right to live as free in his homeland Oromia in equality with other nations and nationalities in that empire. To that end, the most noted of his contributions was the development of our own qubbee with his colleagues Mitiku Tarfasa and Abdoulahi Yousuf and probably others. On 3rd November 1991 the OLF convened a meeting of over 1,000 Oromo intellectuals to decide which alphabet to use to write Oromo and decided unanimously to adopt the Latin alphabet now commonly known as Qube. Today, Qube is Oromia national language of instruction, commerce, legislative and judiciary. Qube will forever personify Haile Fida’s signature contribution to his people.
    Haile was a socialist and was an active member of the French socialist party. He also naively believed Ethiopia can be transformed using socialist mode production through waging national democratic revolution. Several Oromo of great intellect and hundreds of thousands of brilliant Oromo youth joined Haile Fida and his Meison in trying to transform Ethiopia. The Abysinnians, who never believed in the past and at the present, in the right of Oromo and other southern nations and nationalities to live in freedom and equality with them, murdered Haile and eventually wiped out his organization killing mercilessly those they captured and imprisoning others. Oromia lost thousands of her brightest sons and daughters in a flush who were naive enough to believe you can transform Abysinnian mind and soul through education and dialogue. The struggle for the Oromo to their right to self-determination through waging armed struggle continued by those who understood the Abysinnians and that endeavor has achieved quantifiable positive results, albeit shoddier than expectations. Notwithstanding, our strategy is correct compared with that of Haile Fida et al, for we are inching towards achieving the ultimate goal of independent Oromia. One only wonders where Oromia would be today had Oromo intelligentsia who joined Abysinnian political parties such as Haile Fida(Head of Meison), Dr. Senay Likke (head of Wez League), Abera waqjirra (polit bureau of EPRP) understood the Abysinnian psych stayed “home” rather than overwhelming themselves with virtuous but naively and wishful theory picked-up from reading Marxist books. What do the Ethiopianist Oromo intellectuals of today learn from these recent past? Looks like not much after all!albasa

  16. Oromian bateleur Reply

    December 21, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Thank you for posting this article which is concering ” Hirmaatadubbii Afaan Oromoo “. Althought at that time ( 1973 ) I had no an idea about the in and out of Ethiopian politics, I was one of those who have started with the book. Really, it was something unusual for me and my friends with whom I have started to learn the book. So, today, when I sit down and think about the Afaan Oromoo of that time and of today, I believe that nothing on this world is impossible. Everything is possible, whether it is gradually or drastically, evolutionary or revolutionary.

    Thank you Haile Fidaa Kumaa and his friends with whom he has published this Historical Book.

  17. Hunde Reply

    December 21, 2014 at 10:21 am

    In one afternoon about 28 years ago after having a lunch at one of AAU campuses, I had a conversation about Dr. Haile Fida with An Amhara intellectual who was a classmate with him. This person was telling me about this intellectual Oromo of exceptional caliber. He was genuinely admiring Dr. Haile and told me that he has never seen in his life a gifted intellectual person like Haile.

    According to this Person, Dr. Haile had never been seen in school campus reading/studying text books and working on curriculum of his class throughout all the time he spent At Wingate High School. Rather Dr. Haile was reading different fiction and philosophy books while his close competitors where studying day and night. But Haile graduated with 10 A’s and 2 B’s from this known school.

    There is no question about Haile’s extraordinary gift and aptitude. I believe he was one of the best minds this world welcomed in the last century. Unfortunately Dr. Haile departed without putting his excellent mind and knowledge in practice because of the merciless and savage politics of Ethiopian empire.

    Those who closely knew Dr. Haile and collaborated with him through his life span including the four years activities in his MEISON (AESM)party in Ethiopia can do him a favor today before they also depart. Let them gather all known works of him and other information/documents about Dr. Haile from his brother, sister, widow, daughters and the close friends, and from his acquaintances at different places from his time in Wingate high school in Finfinee, Galamso high school in Hararge, AAU, Paris (France), Hamburg (Germany) and write his biography. He deserves at least one volume of his biography from his good friends to pass the works of this extraordinarily gift Oromo.

    NOTE: There are other Oromo individuals who were truly gifted and competent at any level of academic and other professional services who also gave their highest price (their life) for the Oromo people. I equally appreciate those individuals. But this discussion is about Dr. Haile, the man who was as popular as ideologist of French Socialists in France and who was close comrade of the socialist international leaders like Willy Brandt, the second chancellor of Federal Republic of Germany after the Second World War.

    Thank you!
    Hunde,

  18. Abbaa Daamaa Reply

    December 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you very very much for article about Dr. Haile Fidaa. It is great and wondefull to review one of the greates, has highest potecially and put the milestone for National Revoution for freedom and Qubee (Afaan Oromo)more than 40 yeas ago Being the leader with other devoted Oromos under that hard times. I met him in Finfinee about 1975-6 when I bought the books store he opened in Finfinnee. He is not only intelctual but handsam man. It was/is a best memory in addition to what I and the others heared about him. Those who hate him and the Oromo all of us “Fidist”

    Haile put in practice what Tufa Bona and the likes payed their lives under Minilik II occupation. Yes! He and the others payed their ultimatelivs before they succeed the revolution they started. The new Qubee generations continued the proccess – like Jagama Badhaane, Alemayehu Garba,stb – at home and abroad. What we see just today, at home and abroad is more struggle to national independence peoples freedom. Today, the time is different than 500 years in wallo and 150 years ago in the whole Oromia (Oromiyaa). We have more educated, more aware Oromoness(Oromummaa), we continue the national struggle with the help of national feeling and present information technology. Based on our national fleeing, the revolution is continueing until get our freedom and independence.

    Thousads heros die but million heros borne

  19. Raba Reply

    December 24, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Gadaa.com deserves appreciation for posting a brief history of this giant Oromo nationalist,whose work is shinning all over Oromia. Thank you Dr Haile Fida Kuma for the great work that you have done.You will be remembered forever!

  20. Gutaa Damoso Reply

    December 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Beside Qube what other great deeds should Dr.Haile be remembered for.Are we honest in our appreciation for him or are we just using the great name as an ingredient for our political concoction.If we dont go the whole hog and holistically know the man fragmenting him would be a disservice to him.

    Dr Haile was a rare species and idealist.He made his name single handedlly and martyred for all what he believed in.He was honest and used to know A to Z of what he was dealing with.What do we learn from this legend or are we just merchandising in his name because we desecrate all the great names just for a narrow political agenda,thus any group or individual behind this article should tell us what other great things did Dr Haile left behind for the generation to. learn .Should he be remembered only for Qube or there are other idealism he martyred for.

    • hmmmmm Reply

      January 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Maqqa kee Irruti jijjiri

  21. Barsisaa Moti Reply

    January 2, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Dear Gadaa.com,

    Thank you for brining into life the work of Dr. Haile and his colleagues. I did not know much about his work but I knew that he was very much admired by many people for his courage and resilience when he was locked up and tortured in Ethiopian jail. Because of him many Oromo intellectuals and young people like Mitiku Tarfassa, Lema Fida, and other joined Meisson and killed. I appreciate the comments Dambal and Albasa made. It is important that the biography of these Oromo heroes be recorded. I challenge OSA to recognize these intellectual. Although I did not support Meisson at the time because they considered some of us as” narrow nationalist” yet Dr. Haile and Mitiku did contribute to Oromo struggle as they perceived at the time. I knew Mitiku since he was my classmate and a brilliant person too. We lost so many brilliant Oromos.

  22. waralataa Reply

    January 6, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    From the bottom of my heart I like to thank you for posting about this incredible exceptionally intellect person.He was a man of high credential with dedication whom no replacement could be found to formulate method of struggle against the tyrants in Addis.
    He was not only the first to introduce the Oromoo Phonetics but also the first to assert the importance of political organization to stand up against tyrants.I can with confidence say he opened up the door to political organizations in that Country and the methodology though many don’t get it.

  23. Ilmma Biyaa Reply

    January 8, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you for posting this historical article. The history of great man would have been forgotten. Dr Haile Fida was killed by fascists but his great work, what he did to his people lives for ever. Truth never die and long justice
    Thank you

  24. Humanawaaq Reply

    January 10, 2015 at 2:56 am

    i hope this posting would open the eyes of many oromo intellectuals to do more research and conversations about the great oromo mind dr. haile fida. indeed, it is my hope that OSA undertake this responsibility among others. dr haile’s contributio cannot be limited to his great work of oromo orthography. he was one of the leading archtects of land reform. almost single handedly, he opened a books store called progressive bookstore from which oromo youth and intelligenstia benefited for dialogue. in short i believe that dr haile fida was among oromo giants that unleashed a new era in the history of oromo struggle for identity and struggle. gadaa.com you deserve great thanks for this article.

  25. Hayuu Reply

    January 10, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Though it is sad that the life of such bright, outstanding and outgoing personality had to come to such tragic end all Oromos should be inspired by the lives and missions of this great man to aim and change Ethiopia to make it a land in which all humanity can co-habit with mutual respect and dignity.

    Ajjeechaan dhuggaa dhosittee hinahnbiftu, dhugaan hinqalati mallee hincittu jedhu woorri keeyna.

  26. Ambo Dambobaa Reply

    February 4, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Dr. Haile Fida was one of hundreds of thousands of young and bright oromo intellectuals whose life was cut short by the various fascist habesha regimes. Haile was only 38 when he was tortured into pieces and murdered by the Derg regime.

    But he achieved unbelievably immense and great jobs. Dr. Haile Fida comes from a modest or low income Oromo family. However, excelled in his academic at all levels of his endeavour. He was able to join the renowned General Wingate school and graduate from there with great honour. Then he went to Dadar, east Oromia and served as elementary school teacher. Then he joined Finfinnee University and studied earth sciences. He became a graduate assistant or lecturer right there. Then he went to France for graduate studies. There he joined various international progressive movements. He moved to west Germany where he lectured in a university. During this period he pioneered in establishing or strengthening Ethiopian students union in west Europe and the All Ethiopia Socialist Movement better known as “MEISON”.

    He went back home sometime in 1975. Here he started his job by opening the Progressive Book Store. By doing this, he effectively undercut habesha intellectuals greed to keep knowledge to only themselves or their own circles. Books authored by great thinkers and philosophers all over the world were sold at n Mominally low prices. He also spear headed publications of regular pamphlets and journals including the ‘Voice of the Broad Masses”. He translated tough books such as. Dialectical Materialism, Historical Materialism and the Kapiatal. He was one of the leading authors of the March 1975 land reform proclamation. He wrote the National Democratic Revolution program. He wrote many articles in respect of his own outlook on so called question of nations and nationalities.

    Dr. Haile Fida was a teacher, philosopher, writer and thinker. Personally he lived a very modest life. He kept an iron discipline. He shared every thing from clothing to cigareetes, from food to shelter with his friends and comrades. He was very pleasant to be around. he was very humorous and made people laugh spontaneously. Dr Haile was married to a French national and left behind 2 daughters and a widow.

    I think we owe it to this intellectual giant to conduct national conferences and discussaa his works. I think this small article is a good place to start from and Gadaa.Come deserves great thanks for taking the initiative.

    • Dursaa Bunee Reply

      February 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Obbo Ambo galatoomi. Waan ani hinbeekne waan heddun bare barruu keetirraa. ‘kan du’e hin galuu maal godhan garuu” jedhanii adabataanii taa’uu mannaa gabrummaan kuni akkaataa itti nurraa ka’u wal mari’achuun feesisaa dha. Dr Haile Fida jeennata haa ciisan. Warri Gadaatis marii kana banuu keessaniif galata qabdu.

  27. waaqwayyaa Bulti Reply

    February 10, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I agree with your suggestion Obbo Ambo Dambobaa. Haile’s contributions must be appreciated by Oromos. His Hirmaata Dubbii is exceptional. His work deserves a panel on one of the OSA Conferences.

    WB

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