Meaning of the logo of the Oromo Leadership Convention


The odaa tree is the symbol of Oromo democracy, justice, and popular participation. The five human heads around the tree represent the five fundaments of Oromo primary classification system originating with the Oromo creation myth, yayyaa shanan (five utterances).  In this image, they also represent the five gadaa classes of sons, and the five gadaa classes of fathers. At the same time, they represent the five pairs of Oromo sub-moieties: Sabboo-Goonaa, Macca-Tuulama, Raayya-Aseebuu, Siikko-Mandoo, and Ituu-Humbana.  The image shows the heads holding hands and lifting up the tree. This symbolizes Oromo determination to protect their democratic heritage and proudly looking forward to a bright future.

The green foundation  has two bands that are in fact the same object, only seprarted by thin line. This represents the two main Oromo moieties of Boorana and Bareentuu, who are united in the green color. In addition, the green foundation is symbol of Oromo finna which in turn signifies fertility, regeneration and renewal. The green Oromo resources and Oromo commitment to earth care is the foundation of Oromo development (dagagina). Together, the gadaa and finna support and sustain the sun burst.

The sunburst glows for all to see, deriving energy from the unity of the Boorana and Bareentuu who together hold their gadaa democracy high and derive their energy from the fertility of Oromoland and Oromo peoples tradition of caring for creation. The eleven rays represent the full circle of gadaa classes, including the gadamoojii.

Together, the gadaa and finna produce light that appears to have conquered all darkness. It means the Oromo people have defeated the darkness of tyrrany that, for years, had oppressed the Oromo people. The light is unencumbered by any counter force, suggesting Oromo has become victorious and nagaa reigns supreme.

There are two sets of colors in the logo. The first set (black, red and white), represents the three primary colors of Oromo tradition: the black symbolizes the inscrutable Waaqa, the red signifies humans under the Creator, and the white represents earth and all of creation. In the gadaa system, the colors represent people.  White represent those yet to enter active life; red those who are in active life and black those who had passed through all stages of active life and have become masters of knowledge about Oromo society.

The second set (the green, red and yellow) is ancient colors of the Oromo. The tricolor epitomizes prosperity (green), hope for a new season of freedom and equality (yellow), and sacrifice and heroism (red). In the past, those colors have been used as the banner of Oromo liberation fronts at different times. Today, the colors are a symbol of defiance, heroism and hope for a bright and prosperous future for Oromos.

Taken together, the images and colors bring forth themes of Oromo unity around the Oromo systems of gadaafinna and nagaa. The traditional colors are unified with the colors identified with the present generation that has made the Oromo nation proud through its heroism and willingness to sacrifices for the Oromo nation’s achievement of democracyprosperity and peace.

As the OLC symbol, the logo allows all Oromosto be inspired by the Oromo heritage and work for repeating the glories of the Oromo past in the present and into the future.