Oromo, West CentralPrint
8,920,000 in Ethiopia (1994 census). 25,500,000 all Oromo speakers in Ethiopia (2007 census). Population total all countries: 8,922,200. Ethnic population: 30,000,000.
Widespread west, north and central.
2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial working language in Oromia Region (1994, Constitution, Article 47(3)).West Central Oromo [gaz] is lingua franca of the area, but some have negative attitudes toward it.
Central Oromo, Western Oromo. Subdialects are Mecha (Maccha, Wellaga, Wallaga, Wollega), Raya, Wello (Wollo), and Tulema (Tulama, Shoa, Shewa). Harar and Boran are most divergent. A member of macrolanguage Oromo [orm].
In Ethiopia, Oromo is viewed as 1 people who speak 1 language. Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.