Oromo love poem
Fuulli kee daawitee keessaa,
Walaloo bareeduu naaf weellisaa,
Garuu, dhokachuudhaaf ariifatee,
Jaalala koo isa dhumaa fudhatee.
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A beautiful Galla woman
Little translation in afaan oromo of the poem for all the beautiful African women of the horn of Africa. This Cushitic language also called (galla, oromiffa), is spoken in the region of Oromia in Ethiopia. Oromo, formely known as galla, is one of the two major languages of Ethiopia. It's spoken mainly in the southern part of the country, and in small number across the border in Kenya. Althrough Amharic is considered Ethiopia's national language, Oromo, with 20 million speakers, ranks among the top ten languages of Africa.
Oromo is one of the cushitic languages, an important branch of the Afro-Asiatic family. Native speakers generally call it Oromiffa or Afan Oromo. Though originally written in the Amharic script, it was never much used as a written language. But in the 1990s it was made the administrative language of all Oromo-speaking area and also the language of instruction in the schools. At the same time the decision was made that henceforth it would be writen in the Roman alphabet. There are also speakers of the galla in Kenya in Djibouti and Somalia. There would be some forty millions of Gallas to speak this Cushitic language in northern Kenya and Ethiopia.