All of Africa’s untold glories and shame in their precolonial eras embedded in one book; the under-reported African mode of writing known as Insibidi, iron work, traditional healing and the Osu caste system and killing of twins are narrated in their true contexts.
Since the iconic bestselling Things Fall Apart by China Achebe, no other African narrative work has come close in highlighting the evolution of African traditions and its sociopolitical and cultural fallouts than Where The Rain Started Beating Us.
Honourable Ugochukwu Agballah, a former Commissioner for Information of Enugu State has critically appraised Nigeria’s sociopolitical stagnation and its ineffectual delivery of the dividends of Democracy, a situation the author wittingly compared to the collaboration between native rulers in precolonial times and the modern-day romance of administrative conviniences of Nigeria political ruling class and their European ‘masters’.
In the promotion of his new book When The Rain Started Beating Us, Ugochukwu Agballah dared to unearth Nigeria’s socio-political bed which has remained unchanged for decades but dressed up in new drapery to give a semblance of change that has never seen fundamental changes beyond exterior aesthetics. And at the same time unravel the unique African customs, political and spiritual ways of life that have been buried deep within the quagmire of westernisation.
Being a native son of Udi in Enugu State, Honourable Ugochukwu Agballah used illustrations , persons, documentations and activities in Udi town in scripting When The Rain Started Beating Us to diver a factual representation of reality.
In the Novel, Agballah employed the use of the protagonist, Eze in a spellbound narration of the of pre-colonial , slavery and colonial eras, touching on sensitive aspects of African life of spirituality, politics, traditional life, national myths unadulterated by European invasion.
Agballah’s narration gives credit to the African evolutionary history, the never-reported African mode of writing called Insibidi, the African practice of midwifery, delivery, circumcision, herbal medicine, fortune telling, iron works and blacksmith uninfluenced by Hamitic culture.
The down side of Igbo (African) culture with its causative factors were also highlighted. The Osu caste system, killing of twins in Eastern parts of Nigeria and the inhuman conditions their mothers were subjected to are all interwoven in a seamless narrative rendition .
In the promotional public reading of the book on 17th July ( today) by KRAFT PUBLISHERS LTD in ABUJA AT SHEHU MUSA YAR’ADUA CENTER, guests and readers will be left with the nagging thought: Is the author ironically portraying the materislism and lushness of the African political elite?