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"The special interest of the state of Oromia in Addis Ababa [Finfinne], regarding the provision of social services or the utilization of natural resources and other similar matters, as well as joint administrative matters arising from the location of Addis Ababa within the State of Oromia, shall be respected."

Article 49 (5) of the Ethiopian constitution of December 8, 1994.

Inxoxxoo dhaabbatanii
Caffee gadi ilaaluun hafe;
Finifinne loon geessani
Hora obaasuun hafe;

Tulluu Daalattii irraatti
Yaa'iin Gullallee hafe;
Gafarsattii dabranii
Qoraan cabsachuun hafe;
Hurufa Boombii irraatti
Jabbiilee yaasuun hafe;
Bara jarri dhufani
Loon keenyas hindhumani;
Edda Mashashaan dhufee
Birmadummaanis hafe.

The writing on the right is a rough translation from Afaan Oromo (Oromo language) to English of Oromo folklore on the left. It was sung over a hundred years ago when Finfinne, later renamed Addis Ababa reportedly by Menelik's wife, Taitu, was occupied by Menelik's force whose commander's first name was Meshesha.

Lost is standing on Entoto
To look down the meadow below;
Lost is taking the cattle to Finfinne
To water at the mineral spring;

Lost is gathering on Daalattii hill
For Gullallee congress (Gada assembly);

Lost is crossing over to Gafarsa
To gather firewoods;

Lost is grazing our calves
In the Boombii field;
The year the people came
Even our cattle died;

Since Meshesha came
Lost is our dignity.
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