The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, has declared war to end the practice of Osu caste in Igbo land. The Osu caste system is a practice in Igbo land that discourages social interaction and marriages with a group of persons regarded as slaves. The stigma is transferable to even children yet unborn.
Speaking at a workshop in Awka, Anambra State on Thursday which was organised by the Initiative for the Eradication of Traditional and Cultural Stigmatisation in Our Society, Obi Achebe said the practice is antiquated, unlawful and obnoxious, and must be abolished now. He said the Osu caste practice has no place in today’s world.
Speaking at a workshop, Obi Achebe said
“There is the need for people from all parts of Igbo land to come together and agree that this obnoxious cultural practice, which our fore fathers introduced, no longer have effect on us and our children. We are happy with the coming of IFETACSIOS group on this project and we are going to collaborate with them to ensure we end this bad culture that has held our people backward for many years now”