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Araba Let's Separate, By: Avuba Mshelia
Thursday, March 29, 2012  8:28:00 AM

by Nicole Marie Sorkin



Historical Fiction
Araba (separation) was a word first used by rioters at a Bauchi demonstration signaling the Northern peoples' desire to break from the federal republic of Nigeria. The catalyst for its first use was the cold-blooded murder of some prominent Northern elites, including the Premier of the North, Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, by predominantly Igbo officers, on January 15, 1966 Araba became a rallying cry for the North's disaffection with the state of affairs after Iron's promulgation of the obnoxious "decree No 34", making Nigeria a unitary state. In some quarters, it became resonant and synonymous with the rampant killing of Igbos in the North.

 The title Araba, a word meaning “Let’s Separate” or “Let’s Dissolve,” refers to the Nigerian Civil War which began in 1966 and continued for nearly four years. The word was first used by rioters at a demonstration in the early stages of the civil war, in an attempt to signal their dissatisfaction with attempts to unify Nigeria under what was known as “Decree Number 34.” 

Professor Mshelia has fashioned the events of that period into a something of a historical novel, mixing in fictional characters, and in some cases battles and confrontations, with the historical characters and actions that were a part of that war. In Preface One to the book, Professor Mshelia states that he took this approach as “an attempt to present history in a fictional form for an easy and interesting reading for the general public.” 

However, it is frequently difficult to determine what is not historical fact and what is fiction. Given his statement that the book contains fictional elements, this would normally not appear to be a problem, however, in this instance it sometimes results in confusing the reader. This is not helped by the fact that Professor Mshelia frequently addresses the reader with sentences beginning with “my readers” or “my dear readers,” leading one to feel they are being lectured on the subject, rather than reading a somewhat fictional recounting of the events of the Nigerian Civil War. 

That’s not to say that Araba doesn’t make for an interesting read. Prior to reading this book, I was completely unaware of the events recounted in the book. And as someone who enjoys history, I’m somewhat ashamed to say that, although I’m certainly not alone among Westerners in that regard. 

So Professor Mshelia is due praise for attempting to bring these events to light, although I wish he had decided to avoid adding any fictional elements in an attempt to make the book more accessible and readable. 

The book might have been further helped with tighter editing and the elimination of the occasional typo. Among such problems is this statement in Preface One: “[T]his book Araba limits its scope to one single but important event in the life of the nation (that occurred in 1960).” 

The problem with that line? The event he is referring to occurred in 1966, not 1960, when on January 15th of that year, an attempted coup d’état led to the assassinations of a number of prominent northern political leaders, including the then-Prime Minister of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. 

Those assignations were the catalyst for the civil war, and the thousands of deaths that resulted, as the civil war turned into an attempt at secession and to carve out a separate “Republic of Biafra” from the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

Araba is packed with detail, as well as informative commentary—again confusing the issue of whether this is a work of fiction or fact. Regardless, it is a worthwhile read, particularly for history buffs, who, like me, probably need to know more about these important events in Nigerian history.

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