(OPride) – Members of Oromo community in North America and guests from around the world will converge on Minnesota this week for soccer tournament, concerts, and community conventions.
Officially dubbed Oromo Week , the convention will start this afternoon with an opening game between Seattle’s Madda Walabu and Minnesota’s own T.T.L Stars.
The Oromo Sports Federation in North America’s (OSFNA) official opening ceremony will promptly begin at 7:30, according to OSFNA. Founded in 1995, one of OSFNA’s grand missions is to create opportunities for North Americans to learn more about Oromo culture and history.
We at OPride feel that today’s technology allows convention goers to collectively engage in the kind of cultural exchanges envisioned by OSFNA’s founders. OPride seeks to empower Oromo communities around the world to tell their stories. With those two goals in mind, we hereby launch this weeklong social media campaign to allow soccer fans and party goers to help us create a collective memory out of this year’s colorful #OromoWeek events.
Are you attending this year’s annual North American Oromo Festival? Do you have a smartphone? Do you have a Facebook account? Do you like taking photos? Are you on Instagram, yet? Do you Tweet? If you answered yes to any of these questions, OPride.com is looking for you.
Here is how it works:
Tweet game results, observations, videos, and photos using hashtags: #OromoWeek
Post photos, updates, commentary, tips, and videos using #OromoWeek and #Oromo. Got OPride? LIKE us at and post on the page: https://www.facebook.com/OPrideCom
Tweet your photos and OSFNA moments videos using #OromoWeek #Oromo – and remember to tag us @OPride.
Call in your report: 414-467-6642
These are but only a few ways you could join. Use your own apps or platforms – write a blog. Whatever platform you choose to utilize, just let us know using the hashtag so that we can curate it all in one place.
We believe that everyone with a smartphone is a citizen journalist. Events of the last week showed that the Oromo story is yet to be told. You can help us reach a wider audience, including those following the events from Oromia, by simply tweeting, Instagramming, and capturing your memorable #OromoWeek events on Facebook.
Help us make #Oromo and #OromoWeek trend worldwide this week. It takes less than 140 characters and a snap of a photo. JOIN NOW, and let’s make OSFNA cool.
Key events during #OromoWeek via Gadaa.com:
June 29, 2013: IOYA’s Oromo Youth Summit @ Augsburg College
June 29 to July 6, 2013: OSFNA Oromo Soccer Tournament 2013
July 3, 2013: Kadir Seid – LIVE IN CONCERT @ Ramada Plaza
July 3-6, 2013: ABO: Kora Gamtaa Kutaalee USA fi Kaanaadaa
July 4, 2013: Muktar Usman & Hirphaa Ganfuree – Live in Concert
July 4, 2013: Dr. Ali Mohammed Birra’s Golden Jubilee
July 5, 2013: The 2013 Miss Oromo Pageant
July 5, 2013: ABO: Qophii Bashananaa (Walgayii Ummataa)
July 6, 2013: Oromo Soccer/Cultural Festival Closing Night Concert
July 6, 2013: Elemo Ali and Other Oromo Artists – Live in Concert