Fury in Igbo land over continued practice

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Osu caste system: Fury in Igbo land over continued practice
•Archbishop Obinna, Jim Nwobodo and Prof. Barth Nnaji, during the Ozalla abolition of the Osu system.

By Anayo Okoli, Dennis Agbo, Peter Okutu, Chinonso Alozie, Chinedu Adonu, Ikechukwu Odu & Jane Ikemefula

ENUGU — ONE social evil that is still being practiced in Igbo land is the Osu Caste system. This is despite effort by groups, including churches to end this evil discriminatory practice. Investigation showed that this practice is still dominant in many Igbo community.

Those classified as Osu are seen as second class citizens of such communities. They are not free born of such communities. Some communities trace their lineage to those bought as slaves or dedicated to deities. They are therefore not allowed some rights as free borns of such communities.

They cannot be the traditional rulers of the community, town union leaders or be given any chieftaincy titles. Other discriminations they suffer include intermarriage with the so called free born and even mixing up in…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper