Recently, on someone's post I read about the issue of osu/outcast system still practised in the eastern part of Nigeria( mainly the Igbos). I was dismayed at the level of unintelligent discuss put out in words by Nigerians. Most young people in Nigeria are visibly handicapped in the area of meaningful and thought provoking discussions especially serious and fundamental issues. This is largely due to their inability or should I say refusal to research and truly seek knowledge. There's a saying that if you truly want to hide anything from the the black man, put it in writing. That saying is quite apt. Also, our history has been and is still being written for us by strangers. We have failed to take advantage of the priceless reservoir of knowledge and history we have in our elderly. A saying goes thus; what a young man cannot see when he climbs up a tree, the old man sees standing underneath the tree.
The Bible enjoins us in James 1:5 If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of GOD who giveth to all men liberally.
To the issue of osu/outcast; This practise is steeped in traditional justice and cleansing methods. People were made outcast based on certain things:
1) someone committed a heinous crime in the society like rape; especially raping under aged girls, murder, etc. In this instance there will be some cleansing rituals done and the resulting calamity that should have happened in the village is heaped on the man and his family and they are sent away from the village. They then stay on the fringe of the community and continue to populate themselves either by marrying strangers or unsuspecting people. The sins committed by one person is visited on even generations unborn.
2) where someone commits an abominable act, like an act of incest. Those who perpetuated the act are marked , banished from the village into the shrine of the gods and committed to a life of servitude. Those people are now owned solely by the gods and their offspring too if any. This basically were means of deterrent to others in the society to maintain a semblance of sanity.
3) some individuals on their own free will decide to be dedicated to a particular village god. Either to become revered in the community or to attain powers. This is usually a personal decision. They belong to the gods and any who marries them automatically becomes owned by the gods.
Now in the 21st century, we all scream we are Christians, those things don't work. I dare say that those who are screaming are not true believers because if they are, they will be students of the scriptures. The bible says in numbers 14 :18 . . . and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the 3rd and 4th generation. Also in 2kings20:17-18, Hezekiah did what was wrong in the sight of God, GOD sent a prophet to tell him that there will be consequences which will occur in his children's lifetime. Hezekiah was too glad to push the effects of his misdeeds to his children even those yet unborn.
Whether we like it or not, there are foundational, generational, ancestral issues which bring curses or blessings for us. The love and favour which israelis enjoy today is because of the obedience of one man, their father Abraham. They have generational blessings.
I am not asking that people suffer for sins they know nothing about. When one has been labelled an osu/outcast , they need to find out why and the original cause; if it was as a result of killing of innocent lives, blood is speaking against the generation. There has to be a higher blood to cleanse the effect, the blood of JESUS. you can't just sit on a high pedestal and say I don't believe in it so it doesn't matter. The blood of Abel spoke out and GOD heard it!
Lev 18: 1-29; ...29) for whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.
People were cut off when they committed abominable acts in the bible. They became outcasts.GOD even sanctioned it.
One may say that the scripture passages enumerated above were in the old testament. Now we have a better testament. Yes, that's true. But we must remember Rom 5: 12 - ...by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all men have sinned.
This shows that the sin of one man Adam was imputed upon us all. The sin of the fathers and death came upon us all as a result.
In order to be saved as a Christian, you need to consciously accept JESUS CHRIST, confess your sins, flee from sin, restitution maybe required, baptism and deliverance where needed. It isn't done by wishing it in our heads.
Likewise, you cannot by wishing osu away make it go away, there are covenants speaking which have to be broken. If anyone decides to marry anyone who has been labelled an osu / outcast, it is fine, but they will need to deal with the consequences especially the spiritual consequences. You can't marry the descendant of one who defiled and raped children, and as a result was cursed and banished to the gods by the whole village and you expect to be free of the sins of his forefathers just like that.
Young people need to start asking questions and demand answers from their parents and elders. They also need to demand accountability from them too. If need be separate yourself from the sins of your generation. Break away from whatever curses or covenants entered on your behalf through deeds and words. receive JESUS in truth and spirit.
Don't deceive yourself by mouthing the osu cast system is barbaric and unfair. life isn't a funfair, it's either you deal with the issue and pave a better way for your generations yet unborn or you live with the consequences.
I read this post written by a friend and former classmate, Adanna Kalejaye (née Ameshi) and thought to share because it raised some interesting questions. I by no means mean to deviate from the meat of the post, which is the existence of Osu, but to highlight some observations vis-à-vis wishing things away. In this age of mind orientation, positive thinking and "new thought", one is told that they are the authors of their own destiny, that one's thoughts create their reality. While I lean towards this school of thought I often wonder if by merely believing/visualizing/being positive, one can create their own destiny devoid of foundational or generational influences. This "new age" mind orientation for instance, posits that you must do away with superstitious beliefs (in this instance Osu) and once your mind is ridden of such beliefs, you're immune to their effects.