The Unconquered Grounds: Christian Response To The Traditional Religious Discrimination Against The OSU Caste In Igboland, Nigeria
The traditional religion of the Igbo of Nigeria stratified the society into two major groups namely the Free-born and the Osu. The former enjoys every right and privilege in the community while the latter has limited acceptance with respect to crucial areas of life namely politics, governance and marriage. There are also other areas of social inequality which the paper addresses as social stigmatization that make the so-called Osu second class citizens in Igboland . All these are based on Igbo Traditional Religious beliefs and /or superstitions. The continued existence of these stigmatizations in the 21st century and in the land where Christianity has stayed for more than a century is a major worry for this paper. The paper, therefore, investigates into different dimensions of the discrimination and inequality against the Osu even after they have been converted to Christianity. It further looks at the reason why these have remained unconquered grounds when writers claim that Christianity conquered Igboland many decades ago.The paper presents an ecumenical model that could be explored in handing the delicate issues so that conflicts could be avoided while trying to make the Osu assert their full fundamental rights in Igboland.