Oduu Haaraya

The Macha-Tulama Cooperative and Development Association, USA, Inc.


The Macha-Tulama Cooperative and Development Association, USA, Inc.Paying Tribute to Obbo Yishaaq Angoos Gurmu: An Exemplar

Educator and Civic Leader

We were shocked and saddened by the passing away of Obbo Yishaaq Angoos Gurmu on

November 19, 2015, in Finfinnee, Oromia. He was the secretary of the Board of Directors

of the Macha-Tulama Association in Oromia in the 1990s. Obbo Yishaaq gave

outstanding service to his people by rebuilding this association with other leaders and by

implementing its cultural, social, and political objectives. Throughout his life, Obbo

Yishaaq fulfilled the educational objective of the Macha-Tulama Self-Help Association

His extraordinary service had an immense impact on the education of a generation of

Oromos and this had far reaching consequences. As a teacher, director, and an

administrator, he served in different parts of Oromia and influenced the education of

future Oromo leaders across Oromia who would go on to serve the Oromo people. As the

director of the Haile Selassie I Secondary School of Naqamtte, which was later named

the Naqamtte Comprehensive High School, Obbo Yishaaq Angoos Gurmu demonstrated

his farsightedness, effectiveness and quality of leadership. He recognized the importance

of rigorously educating Oromo students so that they would receive the university

education they needed to be leaders in science, administration, politics, and other areas.

Obbo Yishaaq was a great man who shaped the intellectual careers of thousands of

Oromo students and others.

Before he arrived in Naqamttee to serve as the director of the Haile Selassie I Secondary

School, students rarely passed the Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Examination. But

ever since his arrival, with his guidance, many students passed this exam and were

admitted to colleges and the Haile Selassie I University, later named Addis Ababa

University. As a director, he created a positive and constructive educational environment

to educate his students effectively. Obbo Yishaaq promoted academic excellence by

establishing high standards for teaching and learning.

Obbo Yishaaq was educated in the U.S., where he received his master’s degree. Although

he was a highly educated man, Obbo Yishaaq preferred to work in a dusty and

impoverished city rather than work in Finfinnee, where he could have been employed

with a high paying, prestigious job. Instead, Obbo Yishaaq committed his life to

cultivating the minds of young Oromos to prepare them for leadership in education,

science, and other areas. As a result of this, some of his students emerged as political

leaders, professors, and medical doctors. Obbo Yishaaq was a role model for the Oromo

nation. He immensely contributed to the education and enrichment of Oromo society. The

Macha-Tulama Cooperative and Development Association, USA, expresses its deepest

condolences to his family, friends, his former students, and all members of the

association in Oromia and foreign countries.

President, the Directors of Macha-Tulama Cooperative and Development Association,

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