Garoma B. Wakessa - Oromo Person of the Year 2011 (Gadaa.com)
Garoma B. Wakessa - Oromo Person of the Year 2011
For being the leading voice of the voiceless in the human rights movement in the Horn of Africa, for educating the public about human rights, and for being the unyielding advocate for justice and freedom.
Born in 1958 in the then Wollega Province in western Oromia, Mr. (Obbo) Garoma B. Wakessa's life is a testament for the endurance of the human spirit in the face of atrocities and injustice.
He had been a high school teacher, and had later become a science professional after earning a Master's degree in the U.S.S.R. in 1989. But, soon after his graduation, the rest of his life would change from that of a scientist to that of a newspaper editor-in-chief, and then a human rights advocate.