Obi of Onitsha
Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Achebe

The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, on Thursday called for the eradication of Osu caste system in Igboland, saying that the practice had no place in the 21st century.

According to the Igbo tradition, the Osu caste system is a practice that discourages social interaction and marriages with a group of persons regarded as slaves. The stigma is transferable to even children yet unborn.

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The royal father, who described the practice as antiquated, unlawful and obnoxious, called for a concerted war against the act.

He made this known while speaking at a workshop in Awka, Anambra State, organised by the Initiative for the Eradication of Traditional and Cultural Stigmatisation in Our Society, a non-governmental organisation.

Achebe urged traditional rulers in Igbo land to stamp out the practice in their domains, while hailing the body (IFETACSIOS) for its initiative in that regard.

He 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”