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Spectacular Personality: Dr. Abdullahi Shongolo

ShongoloDr. Abdullahi Shongolo, HSC, is a retired Assistant Director of Education. He has worked as a Research Fellow for Goteborg University, Sweden, Department of Social Anthropology for three years ( 2001-2003). He is extremely and humble down person. He has contributed five well-researched papers published in the University journal. He has co-authored three articles which were published in other international journals and books with Professor Jan Hultin of Goteborg University.

Through working in partnership with several renowned professors of anthropology around the globe and having emerged as a distinguished independent scholar,  Dr. Shongolo, has gained outstanding knowledge and skills in the field of Social Anthropology in the area of ‘Conflict and integration’.

He is well known to many academics in certain fields of international scholarship, like NE-African anthropology and Oromo studies in particular and receives wide recognition. He is a recognized scholar in Oromo studies and has widely published several papers in international scientific journals and books. He has conducted many years of field research among the pastoralist communities of Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia.

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In his own professional field, education, the publications of teaching/learning materials counts amongst  his merit. He has worked as a research consultant for several universities and research institutes both in Europe and African.

Currently, he is a Research Fellow with Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology, Germany,  a position he held since 1999, a research project on Pastoralism and dynamic of Politics in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia.



  • Oromo Nationalist Political Discourse: Working paper No. 174,29p. Sociology of Development Research Centre, University of Bielefeld, Germany, 1992. With Professor Dr. Günther Schlee.
  • Oromo and Somali Ethnicity and the concept of Nationhood. Working paper No. 194, 27p. Sociology of Development Research Centre, University of Bielefeld, Germany.1993. With Professor Dr. Günther Schlee.
  • The GumiGaayo Assembly of the Boran. A Traditional Legislative Organ and its Relationship to the Ethiopian State and a Modernizing world: The Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 119(1994) 27-58. Dietrich Reimer Verlag, Berlin, Germany.
  • Mother Tongue Series. [Published by Lengo Press. Nairobi].
  • Borana Alphabet 1A. MDP/GTZ, 1995.
  • Borana Alphabet 1B. MDP/GTZ, 1995.
  • Pre-Number Activities Book, MDP/GTZ, 1995.
  • Adaptive Responses of the Pastoralists to the drought of 1991/1992 in Northern Kenya. A comparative study of the Boran and Gabra Pastoralists of Moyale District. A Consultancy Report on Social, Economic and Cultural changes caused by the drought: Marsabit Development Programme/GTZ; in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock Development and Marketing. 210p.1994.
  • Local Wars and its impact on Ethnic and Religious identification In Southern Ethiopia. Offprint Geo-Journal 36.1 7-17, 1995. Kluwer Academic Publishers. Helmstedt, Germany/Boston/London. With Professor Dr. Günther Schlee.
  • The Poetics of Nationalism: In Being and Becoming Oromo. Historical and Anthropological Enquiries. (Ed.) P.T.W.Baxter, Jan Hultin and Alessandro Triulzi. Nordiska Afrikanistitute, UPPSALA, 1996.
  • Oromo Nationalist Poetry. In Voices and Power. The Culture Of languages in North-East Africa. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 1996. With Professor Dr. Günther Schlee.
  • Impact of Free Primary Education in Northeastern Kenya. A consultancy report on the Current Status of Education- Ijara/Garissa Districts. Womankind, Kenya 2003.
  • Boran Traditional blessings and prayers. In Oromo Oral poetry seen From within. Wortkunst und Dokumentartexte in Afrikanischen Sprachen Rüdiger Köppe Verlang, Köln. Vol. 20 (2004). Edited by Wilhelm Möhlig and Catherine Griefenow.
  • Heavenly Descent and Endogamy: on the Person of Qaallu amongst the Boran. In S. Uhlig et al (eds), Proceedings of the 15th. International Conference of Ethiopian Studies. Wiesbaden. Harrasowitz. (2003) With Dr. Jan Hultin.
  • Realpolitik in the Realm of the Sacred: notes on the succession of the Qaallu Karayyu of the Boran. In a volume on a special issue of Journal of Oromo Studies in honour of Father Lambert Bartels, 2005. With Dr. Jan Hultin.
  • Local Conflict Resolution between the Pokomo Farmers And the Agro-pastoralist Orma of the Tana River District of Kenya. Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology. Germany. 2005.
  • Islam and Ethnicity in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. With Professor Dr. Günther Schlee. Published 2012. James Currey, London. ISBN 978-1-84701-046-9
  • Pastoralism and Politics in Northern Kenya & Southern Ethiopia. With Professor Dr. Günther Schlee. Published 2012. James Currey, London. ISBN 978-1-84701-036-0

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