Issue 1:1 (summer 2008)
Dhaba Wayessa has written five plays, two novels (Godanissa and Gurracha Abbaya), and three films. His play Beyond the Darkness, produced for the Ethiopian National Theater in 1991, was the first modern stage-play in Afan Oromo. He came to the United States in 1995 to study film at Howard University, where he received a Masters in Fine Arts in 2004. The short film “Fallen Beats”—featured here in this issue of Ogina—was produced in 2001 and was shown on VOA television. It won three awards, including the Black Filmmakers’ Hall of Fame Award. He is currently working on a new feature length film called Halkan Dorrobaa.