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IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« on: April 07, 2009, 04:20:35 PM »


The story of Nigeria's 'untouchables' 

By Andrew Walker
BBC News, Enugu, Nigeria 

 
Pastor Cosmos Aneke Chiedozie is about to make an admission that virtually no Nigerian like him would be prepared to make.

"My grandfather was an Osu," he says.

He is standing outside his church in Enugu, south-eastern Nigeria, clutching his Bible which he believes has saved him from being a marked man.

Among the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria the Osu are outcasts, the equivalent of being an "untouchable".

Years ago he and his family would be shunned by society, banished from communal land, banned from village life and refused the right to marry anyone not from an Osu family.

Marriage

The vehemence of the tradition has weakened over the last 50 years.

Nowadays the only trouble the Osu encounter is when they try and get married.

But the fear of social stigma is still strong - to the point that most would never admit to being an Osu.

They fear the consequences for their families in generations to come or at the hands of people who still believe in the old ways.

It took the BBC a long time track down an Osu willing to talk, Igbo journalists, human rights advocates, academics and politicians could suggest no-one.


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IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« on: April 07, 2009, 04:20:35 PM »

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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2009, 04:21:50 PM »


It was only by chance that Cosmos admitted his family were Osu after an interview with the Pentecostal church - known to oppose the tradition.

Now a born-again Christian, he has had a hard fight to escape the stigma of the Osu.

Sacrifice

People say the Osu are the descendants of people sacrificed to the gods, hundreds of years ago.

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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2009, 04:22:21 PM »
But an academic who has researched Igbo traditions says he believes the Osu were actually a kind of "living sacrifice" to the gods from the community.

"I remember when I was a child, seeing the Osu and running away," says Professor Ben Obumselu, former vice-president of the influential Igbo organisation Ohaneze Ndi Igbo.

"They were banned from all forms of civil society; they had no land, lived in the shrine of the gods, and if they could, would farm the land next to the road."

"It was believed that they had been dedicated to the gods, that they belonged to them, rather then the world of the human," he said.

Nigeria's growing cities began to break down such traditions of village life, he says.

"If someone lives in Lagos these days, the only time a person may come into contact with it is when they are planning to get married. They go home to tell their families, their parents turn around and say, 'No you can't marry because they're Osu.'"

Initiated

Cosmos' father had denounced the traditional beliefs that made him an outcast from society.

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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2009, 04:22:51 PM »
He raised Cosmos to be a Christian too, hoping the bloodline of the Osu would be broken.

But when Cosmos was a child his grandfather died and at around the same time Cosmos fell sick.

"The village said the reason I was ill was I was being possessed by the spirit of my grandfather, and he was angry that we had rejected the old ways," he said.

The village elders put pressure on his father to initiate Cosmos into the old traditions and culture.

It was either that, or he would die, they said.

So he left church, learnt about the spirits and his status in the village.

Outlaw

But this ostracism, he now believes, left him without "moral direction".

He became an itinerant smuggler and outlaw, bringing in goods illegally over Nigeria's northern border from Niger.

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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2009, 04:23:15 PM »
Eventually he was arrested and thrown in jail.

"It was in the prison yard that I was born again," he said.

"When I believed in the old ways, I could not marry or be part of my community," he said.

"Now I've been born again, I have rejected all that, and my wife, she is born again too, and doesn't care about it either."

His wife's family had also rejected the traditions of the Osu and did not object to their daughter's choice of husband.

Education advantage

Other Osu have been able to use the ostracism to their advantage, says Mr Obumselu.

Unable to make a way in village life, some Osu embraced "Western" education and became Nigeria's first doctors and lawyers, he says.

Consequently many of modern Igboland's prominent families are Osu.

So why does the stigma remain?

Mr Obumselu says the traditions have a lingering hold on people because they are not sure how much power the "old ways" still have.

Traditionally the Osu are treated as a people apart, but were never the victims of violence.

But today some community conflicts have erupted between people each accusing the other of being Osu, Mr Obumselu says.

"The continued belief in ritual avoidance has caused great harm to society, especially in Enugu."

Pentecostal churches, like Mr Chiedozie's, are having an effect and a growing population may also drown out the stigma of being Osu, says Mr Obumselu.

"After all, if in 1800 there might only be a handful of Osu in any place, in 2000 it may be a third of the village!"

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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2009, 06:06:14 PM »
I which i have the time to read the long lines.

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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2009, 01:36:55 PM »


just take your time...you'll finish it one day
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2009, 02:00:49 AM »

it think its outdated right now though so uncivilized ponks are still practicing that. The priest was actually preaching against that last week in my church.
the are all man-made beliefs and rules. we should rise up against it.

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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2009, 06:08:06 PM »


it's difficult to...because we're the ones practising it.
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2009, 06:47:09 PM »
The total eradication of the system lies with the youth.I dont believe theres anything like Osu and i wud never call any human being one.In some villlages In Enugu,the communities came together and abolished the system.I know it wud soon be totally eradicated,we shall get there soon.

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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2009, 08:19:41 PM »
l almost lost my brother to those group of people
back in the days because he made a mistake of callling them (that)
both l guess times have changed but it's still very much present
in certain parts of Igbo land
families have renounced their daughters and sons for this reason (marriage)
@cool (solo) what's your thought on this/belief?
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2009, 11:30:21 AM »


where's solo?
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2009, 07:19:54 PM »
Solo is gone fishing
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2009, 08:06:28 PM »
Say what u like. how many years wil it take nigeria to be developed,the same for this very practice u talk about. are u close to them before?are you married to them or ur family member?give example. when it comes to date no body bloody cares,but issue of marriage no way. it is gone in the sight of people,marriage people verify if he or she is it. pure igbo tradition and among de surviving ones.   

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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2009, 03:59:33 PM »


you're amongst the surviving ones?!
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2009, 04:25:52 PM »
That era is gone. Nobody is an Osu. "Old things have passed away and all things have become new; for we are no longer living under the law but under HIS grace".
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2009, 04:44:06 PM »
l believe so, again it's a belief system
some may still believe otherwise
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2009, 04:59:46 PM »

so it's still much around us...no matter how vehemently so deny its existence

the real issue isn't in denying it; or calling the "blood of Jesus" upon it...

it's in understanding it and helping folks to live beyond it - my take.
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2009, 05:07:39 PM »
Beibee right on the money
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2009, 05:25:02 PM »
grateful sir.
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2009, 06:02:15 PM »
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2009, 06:17:05 PM »
sir. no ma.
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2009, 06:20:26 PM »
Say what u like. how many years wil it take nigeria to be developed,the same for this very practice u talk about. are u close to them before?are you married to them or ur family member?give example. when it comes to date no body bloody cares,but issue of marriage no way. it is gone in the sight of people,marriage people verify if he or she is it. pure igbo tradition and among de surviving ones.  
Did anyone Burst ur bubble Mister?Look,only you can free ya mind.
Osu caste system exists if you believe it actually do.I have gone to weddings of so-called free-borns and so-called Osus and till date they are living well.
In some places like Mbano,Awo-omama etc the system is still been praticed but i tell u,gradually it wud go into oblivion.lets see what wud happen in the next 10 years,anyone thinking our children wud have time for such rubbish must be dreaming,there are better things to worry abt.
I still maintain,Osu caste system exists only in the mind of fools.IMO  8)

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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2009, 06:28:23 PM »
Thanks bootycall for the info
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2009, 06:39:02 PM »

that's tough! "Osu caste system exists only in the mind of fools."

be a bit balanced; think of those who, incidentally beyond their own control
are born into this system and are made to believe in it...

will you consider as fools those who practise voodooism, witchcraft, etc?
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Re: IGBO AND THE OSU TRADITION (ARE YOU AN "OSU"?)
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