An Igbo man is an independent man. They don’t like to take what is not theirs so they work very hard to get their own.
The Igbo society hates oppression so if you can prove how an Igbo has oppressed or is oppressing you or a group of people to the Igbo society, that person becomes an enemy of the whole Igbo community.
If such person is an Igbo, he will be excommunicated and treated with disdain but if he is not he will be resisted whether those he is oppressing are Igbos or not. – Tari Nemi, Ijaw intellectual
I largely agree with Tari Nemi on this. But the sad thing is that we are beginning to see cracks in this noble aspect of Igbo character.
Continue reading “The Igbo Society Hates Oppression – Tari Nemi, Ijaw Intellectual”
Igbo Land might be our beloved fatherland. But let us tell ourselves the truth: there is an awful amount of killings that go on there due to unnecessary land disputes!
Continue reading “Punch discourses how unnecessary land disputes lead to killings in Igbo Land”
Nationalhelm reports that a man said to be “outcast” popularly known as ‘Osu’ in Igbo land, was recently crowned king of Obinwanne, Umuaka, in Njaba LGA of Imo State, sparking fierce debate on the internet.
The people of the town threw caste discrimination aside and coronated Bar. Justine Uzoma Ezeala, as Ezenwanne 1, of their town.
Barr. Ezeala’s part of town has for centuries been ‘banned’ from enjoying many basic human rights. They had been treated like subhumans not humans.
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But Ezeala’s people saw him befitting and credible to rule over them hence, they choose him to be their king.
Igbo traditional rulers have recently intensified efforts to rid Igbo Land of the so called Osu Caste discrimination.
It is in this atmosphere that a popular Nairalander named MANNABBQGRILLS took to social media to deliver a missile hit on the obnoxious system. Read what he wrote below that is generating reactions on the internet.
For those of us that have forever been wondering, what OSU OUTCAST means, here you have it…..
The Osu caste system, which is prevalent in Anambra, Imo and some areas in Ebonyi states, discriminates against families which in the ancient times were dedicated to the local deities because human sacrifice was required to cleanse the land of abominations. The Osu were mostly slaves and other categories of persons considered as “inferior”, as opposed to those who were “freeborn” or “Nwadiala”. As outcasts, they were discriminated against and not accepted by the mainstream of society.
In spite of efforts by clerics, political leaders and social crusaders to consign this system to the dustbin of history it is still being stubbornly observed in many communities. In 1956, the Eastern Nigerian House of Assembly had passed a law abolishing it, but it was not implemented.
There is no reason for this caste system to remain in these modern times. Slavery was abolished long ago, and no human sacrifice is going on anywhere in Nigeria except as a criminal offence linked to some dark cults. The constitution of Nigeria declares every person free and equal before the law. All Nigerians are constitutionally entitled to fundamental human rights, which include the right to freedom from discrimination and the dignity of the human person.
To end the Osu and similar inhuman caste systems wherever they are being practiced in Nigeria requires a combination of cultural reforms, law enforcement and active sensitisation. Serious legal actions need to be taken against any form of discrimination and dehumanisation.
We call on traditional authorities and churches in Igboland to prevail on every community still practising the Osu caste system to abolish it.
SAY NO TO OSU CASTE SYSTEM and let us all live as brothers and sisters in peace.
Former Executive Director of Nigeria’s defunct telecommunications giant NITEL, Pa Joshua Akinwumi recently celebrated his 80th birthday.
The Punch caught up with him, and as an elder who has nothing more to be afraid of, he spoke his mind on how Nigeria failed to harness the massive technological capability of the Igbos after the Nigeria-Biafra War. Continue reading “Former Top Government Official Of Yoruba Origin Laments Massive Loss For Nigeria Due To Marginalization Of Igbos”