A young man identified as Didi Mehn on Facebook is in serious emotional pain after being rejected by the family of his sweetheart for being an osu.i.e an outcast.
According to the man from Enugu state, his girlfriend’s parents who initially accepted him changed their minds after discovering he’s an OSU (outcast)
Read what the handsome man shared on Facebook in order to clear his confusion.
We so much Love ourselves….We’ve been together even in difficult times…I think she’s d woman I would want to spend d rest of my Life with… She has already said yes to my marriage proposal but there’s a problem….She’s Amadi while am an Osu….
Her parents initially accepted me wholeheartedly but after investigations they made abt my family,,they discovered am an Osu n now they said that d relationship should end,,reason is cos they don’t wanna give thier daughter to an Osu….
Am so confused right now,, pls what do I do???
The Osu caste system is an ancient practice in Igboland that discourages social interaction and marriage with a group of persons called Osu.
Osu are the people dedicated to the gods; so they are regarded as slaves, strangers, outcasts, and untouchables.
Oral history has it that an osu was a respected monk devoted to the service and worship of a deity. The origin of the osu caste system can be traced back to the era when deities were believed to ask for human sacrifice during festivals in order to clean the land from abomination thus leading to the purchase of a slave by the people.
The osu caste system also has its origin traced to the Nri Kingdom. It is believed that the Nris possessed a hereditary power and thus do go about cleansing various kingdoms of abomination; any community that refuses to be cleansed are called osus.
Another view on the history of the osu caste system centres on ostracization. This occurs when a person or group of persons who refuse the orders of a king or the decision of a community are banished from the community thus resulting to the victim and its generation being called osus.