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