Iroha Chimere’s novel, ‘Riot in Ubahu’ has have been approved by the Nigerian Educational Research And Development Council, NERDC, (an Agency under Federal Ministry of Education in Nigeria) for Secondary School 2 and general reading across all states in Nigeria and all English speaking African Countries.
Who is Iroha Chimere?
Written by Iroha Chimere, a native of Abia State in Nigeria, is an accountant, a writer and an IT expert. Chimere is a son of an educationist, his dad was principal of FGC Okigwe, for 10 years before he moved to FGC Ukpor where he later retired.
How It All Began
Although, a day student while in secondary School, his dad introduced him to a lot of literature books at the early stages of his life. One of his dad’s friends, Ken Saro Wiwa, was one of his mentors in writing. Ken Saro Wiwa influenced him to be a writer.
So, reading lots of literature books became a part of him. From Wole soyinka’s books, Chinua Achebe, Shakespeare and Chimamanda Adiche also imparted his writing skills.
He started writing this book; his first, Riot in Ubahu in 2012 but got approved by the Nigerian Educational Research And Development Council, NERDC, in October 2022 to be a reader to Senior Secondary 2 and all Secondary Schools in Nigeria and also for general readership.
The book can also be used in all English speaking African countries because the body that approved, recommended, endorsed and authenticated the book is formidable and well respected worldwide.
“The book is a revelation from God because, if you ever attended a Unity school or any secondary school, although it is a fiction, it talks about life as a student in a Unity Secondary School, the teachers, the non-academic and the drama the students bring about, like; bullying, extortion and also the high moral like doing well in school, quiz, exams and a mixture of a whole lot.”
Synopsis Of The Book.
Riot in Ubahu is the story of a school – a federal government college, as she fares under her principal, Chief Obanma Orizu, fondly called Obama by students, staff and family members. A strict disciplinarian, Obama works tirelessly to raise the academic and moral standards of the school. Inadvertently, he is known for discipline and fairness. The school itself thrives – having both excellent Academics as well as infrastructure to show for the principal’s hard work.
Not unlike any mixed boarding school, FGC Ubahu is home to various kinds of shenanigans – bullying, extortion, bounds breaking, sorcery, and the occasional riotbullying, extortion, bounds breaking, sorcery, and the occasional riot. In this narrative, a riot occurs at the end of the novel when Obama is transferred, and a new principal leads the school to the edge of ruin.
The riot is ruinous as it can be – leaving rape, destroyed school property, and hooliganism in its wake. A side of the school – especially the students, that had never been seen comes to the fore. And it falls to Chief Obanma Orizu to restore order and splendour to a school he once called home.
“It’s not easy” was his first statement. There is no author that will tell you that he or she has a particular formula or model they use in writing.
“It depends on how the spirit leads. I started by writing this story book using exercise books and I did in about three months. But you know, it was disorganised, so I started typing it and adding flesh to it every day and it took me about six months to finish the book.
There are times when I was writing it that I won’t have inspiration. That’s why most people got discouraged about writing. Plotting and assigning characters are the most difficult aspects and at times it can be very challenging, then the imagination aspect is another issue. Charles Dickson doesn’t have formal education but his imagination is great. If you don’t have good imagination you can’t be a good writer.”
The setting of the novel is in a town called Ubahu in Okigwe, the third largest city in Imo State, Nigeria. Its a fiction but the town is real and there is a Federal Government College in the town as well. Ubahu is the village and there was a riot in that secondary school there at a particular point in time. So, he picked his inspiration from there.
The setting was in a secondary school and that is why any secondary school student can relate with it and its within Southeastern part of Nigeria.
It talks about the normal secondary school challenge; the assignments, punishments, class activities and more. It is a cursory look at secondary school days.
Why It Was Recommended For Schools and General Reading.
The book title is appropriate.
The print quality is legible and clear.
The book gramage is appropriate.
The novel looks at contemporary social problems in Nigerian society and especially at Educational institutions and portrays the end of evil and reward of diligence.
Language and style are appropriate.
Book format is okay.
Story telling method was used.