First Annual Waaqeffannaa Conference Held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

August 9, 2008

On August 1, 2008, the first annual Waaqeffannaa conference was held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Sponsored by the Oliiqaa Foundation and coordinated by the adherents of Waaqeffannaa, an Oromo belief system, the conference brought together panelist from various places and participants from various circles, including academics, social leaders, artists, and so on.

Topics covered by the panelists include Waaqeffannaa and the Gada System, Irreecha and Waaqeffannaa Practice in the Diaspora, A Case of Waaqeffannaa Practice in the USA, Women's Role and Attribution in Waaqeffannaa, and How Much Do We Know About our Past? The conference was met with enthusiastic participants whose comments and questions were enriching. One of the notable questions was whether this conference will continue to be held annually in the future. The answer was in the affirmative.

Rooted in an African faith tradition, Waaqeffannaa conferences are bound to be a medium of great deliberations that will go back far into humanity's past to understand its future better.