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30 November 2018

Reason Anambra's move to abolish the Osu caste system is even more serious than imagined




The Anambra State government has announced it will abolish the Osu caste system from next month and although this is a good steep to help unite and develop the state, the situation surrounding this abolishment is even more serious than imagined owing to the fact that the move to abolish the discriminatory Osu caste system is not new. Dating back to 1956, the Eastern Nigerian House of Assembly passed a law abolishing it, but it was never implemented. Despite grand efforts such as this, most people have been brainwashed to glu undoubtedly to the Osu caste idea both by parents and grand parents.
Reason Anambra's move to abolish the Osu caste system is even more serious than imagined

So the stigma of Osu hangs around many generations and after, like an everlasting body odour, and this is why i have said the move to abolish the caste system by the Anambra State cabinet is more serious than imagined. but in any weather, people need to be talking about its abolishment even though it going to be a hard quest to accomplish.


In a bid to remove and dissolve the nonsensical believe of the Osu caste, Anambra state has set December 28, 2018 to abolish the Osu caste system.

What Exactly Is The Osu Caste System?
The Osu is an age-long caste system that considers a certain sect of people in Igbo land as outcasts or slaves and many generations down-the-line still carry this stigma.

In ancient Igboland, some families were set aside for the deities of the land (alusi), by the ancestors, for human sacrifice required to cleanse the land of abominations. In those days, such families were considered outcasts or slaves, who were discriminated against and not accepted by the mainstream of society. They lived on the outskirts of town and were often linked to slave trade and telling features of dreadlocks, which signified what they were in society. These people were considered Osu.

Osu caste believe which is more Prevalent in Anambra, Imo and some areas in Ebonyi states,  system discriminates against these families and their many descendants. The Osu are considered as “inferior”, as opposed to others who are considered “freeborn” or “Nwadiala”.
Reason Anambra's move to abolish the Osu caste system is even more serious than imagined

The believe in the cleansing of the sins of men and saving through the death and blood of Jesus Christ been practiced mostly in the eastern part of Nigeria, know as  Christianity  hasn't been able to change the Osu caste system believe.As many practicing the christian religion still stand fully against the descendant of slaves to be offered or taken for marriage by a free-born. Which is what the Osu caste system is all about.

So the Non Osu's "Free-born" men and women are expected to investigate the origins and social class of an individual to ensure  he/she is not an Osu "slave and inferior" before conducting marriage.

This is serious as it has happened in more than one occasion that marriages that were already dated to happen was totally cancelled after the discovery was made.


So what does the Nigerian Constitution say about the Osu caste system?

The Nigerian constitution declares every person free and equal before the law. Therefore, all Nigerians are constitutionally entitled to fundamental human rights, including the right to freedom from discrimination.


According to the Vanguard, the caste system was abolished in Irete community in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, on July 14, 2018.

Now, the Anambra state government has also adopted the date and backed the move to abolish the system completely. In a statement made by the President of Celibacy International Initiative, announcing that the abolition would take place at the Nri Palace in Anambra State on the set date, it was stated that there would be far-reaching consequences for those wishing to continue the obnoxious practise after the symbolic exercise.

This should be an immense thing of joy for those who have experienced any form of discrimination based on the archaic custom.

For those who are experiencing severe discrimination or have at any point experienced being discriminated due to the archaic custom, or being categorized as an "Osu", this update should come as thing of joy.





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