Contributors to Ogina volume 1, issue 2
Ayantu Gemeda was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and shortly after moved to the United States. She was raised in Minneapolis, MN and is still residing there. Ayantu began contributing to Ogina in late 2008.
Boonaa Mohammed is the son of Oromo refuges and an award winning spoken word artist (2007 CBC poetry face-off.) Currently he is the front man of an Afro-beat hip hop fusion group called "Kings of Kush." You can find out more about him at www.boonaa.com
Epidemic the Virus is the founder of an artist on the O’z Up recording label. Along with fellow artist Iskander Harun, they are motivated to write music with the hope of uniting Oromo people world wide. They hope the bridge the gap between Oromo elders and youths.
Lenssa Yadata currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and attends Paint Branch High School. Her first OYLC in 2008 sparked the urge to create art work that would express the world in America, as well as back home in Oromiya. Although she enjoys the field of art she aspires to have a career in child psychology.
Maya Tessema is a legal assistant working and living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She began participating in the creation of Ogina zine through work in the Arts and Culture Committee of the International Oromo Youth Association.
Meymuna Hussein lives in Long Beach, California. Currently she is a graduate student at the University of California at Irvine and plans on becoming a teacher.
Qeerransoo Biyyaa is an independent Oromo journalist currently living in the United States.
Steven W. Thomas is an assistant professor of English literature at The College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Minnesota. He has published scholarly articles on eighteenth-century literature and on twenty-first century globalization.
Zakia Posey is a graduate student in anthropology at Michigan State University and is writing her dissertation on Oromo transnationalism. She hopes to get her Ph.D. in 2009.