Bareedduu Oromo (Miss Oromo Pageant) is this Thursday. Started in Seattle Washington, organizers of Oromo pageant are taking their experience on the road. For the first time, the Oromo pageant will be held in Little Oromia.
The tradition began in 2003 during North American Oromo Soccer Tournament in Seattle. It was colorfully repeated last year creating even more buzz leading to the selection of last year’s winner to participate in Miss Oromia Pageant held in Oromia.
Last year, the Oromo pageant formally aligned itself with Oromo Artists Association to hold the event on annual basis.
The main focus of the pageant is a cultural celebration in the form of Oromo fashion show, invigorating music selections during the intermissions, poetry slams, and the Miss Oromo beauty contest. In 2003, participants came from all over the United States to take part in the contest.
A panel of three judges assessed the participants’ ability to model in cultural outfits, demonstrate a thorough knowledge of Oromo history, and most importantly the ability to speak Afaan Oromo. Miss Ganame Bati of Minnesota was crowned the 2003 Miss Oromo. Ms. Idaho Oromo, Dureti Adama was the winner of 2010 Oromo pageant based on the crowds’ choice, by earning the most points answering the judges’ questions, and her ability to speak Afaan Oromo fluently.
The 2011 Miss Oromo Pageant will be held on Thursday July 21st during Muktar Usman and Hirpha Ganfure’s concert.
Location : Kelly Inn
161 St Anthony Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Doors Open at 6pm. To participate in the pageant or audition call Mergitu Argo at 206.403.0134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.