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Top Five Paintings of Late Artist Dr. Lemma Guya

Dr. Lemma was born from his father Guya Gemeda and his mother Mare Gobena in 1921 in Ada’a Liben, near Bishoftu, Oromiyaa. According to family members who spoke to the BBC, artist Lemma had been receiving medical treatment both in the country and abroad. Following a long illness, the famous artist passed away at the age of 92.

The following are some of his best-known works.

Painting wey represent African leaders as dem dey take grab resources
Painted some 42 years ago, this picture symbolizes African leaders who loot their country’s wealth through corruption, whereas the rats under the bed, who symbolize the continent’s enemies, are shown scrambling for her resources. The spilled milk symbolizes African rivers that have uselessly been flowing for years. 
Painting wey represent African leaders as dem dey take grab resources
This painting is titled “Harme Oromiyaa”, “Mother Oromiyaa.” It represents the most important aspect of Oromiyaa’s culture, tradition, religious tolerance, Irreecha—the annual thanksgiving festival of the Oromo— her rich natural resources and the everyday life of the people. 
Di Odaa tree
This painting shows Oromos gathered around the Odaa (sycamore) tree, which symbolizes Oromo culture and identity, to celebrate Irreecha. The elderly lady, in white traditional cloth holding tufts of grass in her right hand, is Hadha Nabso. She died in 1996 at the age of 120.
Village wey Guya grow up
This painting shows the village where Dr. Lemma grew up, people’s way of life, and the environment. It also shows the important place agriculture has in Oromiyaa.
Lake Bishooftuu
This painting shows Lake Bishoftu, one of the seven volcanic lakes in the town. While working in the Ethiopian Air force, Dr. Lemma was able to see the lake from the air which helped his painting. Capturing every corner of the landscape of the lake through a modern camera in the way that his painting does is rather difficult, the late artist said.  

This article was translated from different publications of the BBC. You can find the original here and here. 

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