Contributors to Ogina volume 2, issue 1
Huluka Abebe is an aspiring young entrepreneur living and working in Atlanta, Georgia. He began participating in IOYA in early 2007. He is the current treasurer for the organization.
Dr. Ibrahim Elemo is a Medical Doctor and a Public Health Specialist. Born and raised in Oromiya, he is the author of a book on HIV/AIDS in Oromiya entitled HIV/AIDS, Gender and Reproductive Health Promotion: The Role of Traditional Institutions among the Borena Oromo, Southern Ethiopia. He is the recipient of the 2005 Ethiopian Medical Association's Award for best scientific paper of the year. Presently, he is an Adjunct Professor at Harry Truman College and NWIHT in Chicago, Illinois.
Obsa Hassan a first year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical school-Twin Cities. Obsa previously served as the Public Relations Board Member for IOYA in 2007-08.
Patricia Lukamba Waliaula is a 23 year old law graduate of Moi University, Kenya. Currently she is on internship with World VisionKenya and enjoys reading and writing as her part time activities.
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.
Hana Tesfaye-Berhanu was born in Nekemte, and moved to the United States at the age of five in 1990. She is a 2007 graduate of Hamline University where she majored in English and minored in Education and Communication Studies. She has a passion of working with the youth and looks forward to becoming a teacher. She currently resides in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and is happily married to Ebassa Berhanu.
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 IOYA.
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.
Damee Ormaa graduated from University of Minnesota with Bachelors of Art in International Studies and Political Science. He is currently working for University of Minnesota – Duluth as an Academic Advisor for Upward Bound Vision Quest, a Trio Program.
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.
Do’ii Yohannis participates in urban grass roots community, art/film, social/civil justice, and produce gardening projects. In her spare time, she documents old traditional folk music, dance, theatrical drama, oral history and stories from Oromia.
Kitesso Chiri is an Information Technology professional currently employed at Wells Fargo. He graduated from Augsburg College with a Bachlor of Arts in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a Masters of Software Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. He has also served as IOYA President for the year 08-09.