The Osu caste system is an ancient practice common to the Igbo tribe in the eastern part of Nigeria. This practice discriminates against people who are termed inferior because they have been dedicated to the deities of the land.
In some other Igbo cultures, the Osu are people who have been ostracised because they disobeyed the orders of the king and hence are banished.
The Anambra Traditional Rulers Council, Chaired by the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, has pledged their support to efforts at eradicating the “Osu” caste system in the state.
The traditional rulers made the declaration at a consultative meeting with the Initiative for the Eradication of Traditional and Cultural Stigmatization in our Society (IFETACSIOS), a non-governmental organisation in Awka on Wednesday.
Speaking at the meeting, Igwe Achebe lauded the group, led by Ms Oge Maduagwu, for their commitment in promoting social harmony among Igbo communities.
Achebe, however, urged traditional rulers in the state to open their doors for further engagement with IFETACSIOS team on the issue when they visit them.