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The caste practice is anti-social, because it hinders people’s free social interaction.

 Everybody in the designated ‘Osu’ area is automatically pariah,

irrespective of ones beauty, level of education or wealth. 



Books by Victor Dike


Democracy and Political Life in Nigeria  /   Nigeria and the Politics of Unreason: A Study of the Obasanjo Regime


The Osu Caste Discrimination in Igboland


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The Osu Caste Discrimination in Igboland

Impact on Igbo Culture and Civilization

By Victor Dike


By writing this book, Victor E. Dike, has demonstrated courage and moral fortitude by standing up boldly to be counted as one of the crusaders for social justice . . .—Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D., Greenbelt, Maryland. U.S.A.


Why is the ancient, obnoxious and discriminatory Osu caste system still prevalent in Igboland? The Osu Caste Discrimination in Igboland: Impact on Igbo Culture and Civilization, sequel to The Osu Caste System in Igboland: A Challenge for Nigerian Democracy, goes even deeper than its predecessor to describe the pain, grief and agony of those groaning under the Osu caste system in Igboland. The system ascribes an inferior “Osu” status to the group and limits their social interaction, marriage contracts and relationship of love with the “Diala”. Consequently, their daily lives are tormented by the associated “Osu” stigma that hinders their social mobility and progress. The author who perceives the system as the Igbo’s version of Apartheid implores everyone reading this book to reflect critically on the issue and join hands to dismantle the system in Igboland for justice, fairness and social progress.—Publisher

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Victor E. Dike. The Osu Caste Discrimination in Igboland: Impact on Igbo Culture and Civilization (New York, Lincoln, Shanghai: iUniverse, July-2007)

Preface xi
Acknowledgement xiii
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Osu Caste Discrimination in Igboland 1
Chapter 2 The Origins of the Osu Caste System: Some Mythological Explanation 12
Chapter 3 The Osu Caste Discrimination and Stereotype 23
Chapter 4 Global Perspective: Social Disparity, Prejudice, and Discrimination across Nations 29
Chapter 5 Ethical Dimensions of the Osu Caste Discrimination 39
Chapter 6 The Osu Caste Discrimination: Human and Civil Rights Implication 47
Chapter 7 The Osu Caste Discrimination and Community Development 54
Chapter 8 Breaking Down the Osu Caste Barriers: A New Agenda for Change 59
Chapter 9 Public Reaction to the Osu Absurdity 68
Chapter 10 Final Thought: The Osu Caste Discrimination: to fight it or live with it? 78
Thinking it Through: Making Connections 83
Index 87

Victor E. Dike is an Adjunct Professor, School of Engineering and Technology, National University (Sacramento Center), California. He is also a Computer Instructor at the Fremont School for Adults (Sacramento City Unified School District) and CEO, Center for Social Justice and Human Development (CSJHD) - an NGO- in Sacramento, California that provides educational and training programs to under served groups. A professional educator, Victor Dike is the author of Democracy and Political Life in Nigeria (2nd ed.), New York, Lincoln, Shanghai: iUniverse, Nov-2006; Nigeria and the Politics of Unreason: A Study of the Obasanjo Regime; London: Adonis & Abbey, Nov-20, 2003; and The Osu Caste System in Igboland: A Challenge for Nigerian Democracy; Kearney, NE: Morris Publishers, 2002.

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