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Title:Orature, resistance, and nationalism: a historical overview of the development of written Oromo literature
Author:Hassen, MohammedISNI
Periodical:The journal of Oromo studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:literary history
Oromo language
Abstract:Written Oromo literature grew unevenly up to 1974, increased modestly between 1974 and 1990, and more rapidly after 1991. The discussion focuses on how the policies of the government of Ethiopia stunted the development of written Oromo literature, and what the educated Oromo did to counter those policies. It highlights the work of Oromo intellectuals in supporting and providing protection for teaching in their own language, despite the ban on Oromo as a language of instruction. In this connection the author highlights the work of Sheik Abubaker Usman Oda, popularly known as Sheik Bakri Sapalo, who invented an Oromo writing system for the purpose of teaching in the Oromo language. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]