See Otobo Ugwudinoke, the Stonehenge of Igbo Land

Otobo Ugwudinoke is a place in the ancient Igbo iron smelting town, Lejja, Enugu State, Nigeria, that is filled with century-old columns of stones arranged in a near semi-circle.

Otobo Ugwudinoke is to Igbo Land what Stonehenge is to England
The ancient stones of Otobo Ugwudinoke, like the ones of Stonehenge, were placed there since time immemorial. Researchers the world over have been coming respectfully to study them.

You might have heard of the world-fanous Stonehenge. Well, these rocks also have a mysterious origin like the ricks of Stonehenge.

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The Igbo towns that don’t kill pythons

It is forbidden to kill pythons or “eke” in the towns in Idemmili North Local Government Area and Idemmili South Local Government Area, Anambra State, Igbo Land, Nigeria.

This is due to the fact that pythons are traditionally considered to be sacred in those areas. 

If you kill a python in Idemmili, you will be required to organize a proper funeral for it. That means hiring canopies, cooking food and serving drinks for guests among other things.

So, even if you like snake meat, don’t hunt pythons in Idemmili.

Popular Nairalander MANNABBQGRILLS fires ballistic missile against Osu Caste discrimination

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.
Thank you!

About Odinani Museum Which Contains Over 5000 Igbo Artifacts!

“It is more of an academic centre where you could study the origin of Igbo due to the display of relevant paraphernalia of ancient kings of Nri kingdom.

“This also informs how Ndigbo are contained with their democratic communal leadership and war tools in ancient days with over 5,000 artefacts.” –

General Overseer of Liberation Temple of Absolute God, Dr Ramas Asuzu
Source: Tribuneonline.com

The idea of the Odinani Museum was conceived by an anthropologist, late Prof. Angulu Onwuejiogwu and British anthropologist Thomas Shaw over 70 years ago. 

The museum was renovated by a philanthropist, Engineer Charles Tabansi after an unfortunate period of collapse (Generous Equianoism).

Igbos in the US and other countries, please, whenever you visit Igbo Land, take a trip down to this site. It is at Nri, Anambra State. It will give you a great experience to take back. 

Promote it to your friends back home and on social media to attract tourism to Igbo Land.

I call on the administrators of the museum to have replicas of artifacts on hand to sell to visitors as a souvenir.

This museum needs a website to promote it. Philanthropists should liaise with the management to sponsor one. 

You can post your experiences in the comments any time you visit the museum. Contact us if you want photos of the trip published for other members of the Igbo Defender community to see.

Daalu nu.