Story Of Aliyah Part I

WHAT DO WE CALL HIM? What a man, what a father, what a live: The story of Garba.

Garba met a woman named at a young age called Laraba, and they eventually married. After the birth of their fourth child, he was encouraged by his wife to go back to school since he only had a secondary school certificate. While making clothes for the neighborhood, she sponsored him in a technical school, where he eventually obtained a certificate and got a good pensionable job.

After some years into his job and doing well, he told his wife she was no longer befitting for his status, and so he needed to marry a second wife; as usual, it didn't go down well with his wife (Laraba), but his mind was already made up so there was nothing she could do to stop him. Garba got himself a very beautiful woman called Asabe. Asabe was in the university and still studying. He got married to her, and she was welcomed home.

The newly wedded wife (Asabe) gave birth and, while still schooling, the first wife of Garba, Laraba, took care of the child. As years went by, they lived in peace as one big family. They continued in unity until something tragic happened.

Asabe gave birth to a second child, and as usual, Laraba was the one babysitting her children. While Asabe was out to school, her second child fell ill and was rushed to the hospital. All efforts proved abortive, and the child died. What a traumatic experience it was for Asabe; then, things went bad between Laraba and Asabe as Laraba was accused of killing the child. Garba insisted that Laraba was asked to take an oath that she had nothing to do with the death of Asabe's daughter. Garba threatened Laraba that if she refused to take the oath, then she would have to live in his house, so eventually, she accepted to take the oath.

The day came, and they all went to the shrine where the oath was taken, and Laraba was made to swear that if she had anything to do with the death of Asabe's daughter, let her die exactly one year from that day. No one could understand why Laraba would kill the second child; if she took care of the first without killing her, then why did she have to kill the second one; it's a question no one could answer.

After this tragic incident, things never became the same anymore; Laraba and Asabe were always quarreling and fighting, which led to Laraba being thrown out of the house. Garba had to give her a divorce letter, and she left the house.

Instead of returning home, Laraba rented a house close by with the excuse that her children still needed her since they were still very young and so she could visit the house from time to time. Laraba visited the house one day, and on sighting her, only one of her children welcomed her as the rest of them ran away from her. She bought things and gave them to the one who welcomed her, and she left. Immediately after she left, Asabe called the child who welcomed her mother (Laraba) and gave her the beating of her life to welcome her mum (Laraba). All the things Laraba bought for her were seized. Laraba children were forced to call Asabe' Mother' and were asked to call their own mother (Laraba) 'Aunty.' Things went on and on until it was a year after.

Laraba woke up from her house that faithful day, and the moment she stepped out, she fell and started bleeding. She was rushed to the hospital, and someone came to inform Garba, but he said he no longer had anything to do with her, so he wasn't coming to see her at the hospital. Many others pleaded with him because of Laraba's children to go and visit Laraba in the hospital, but he refused. Two days later, Laraba died. Before she died, she left a message that if she had done anything wrong to Garba for him to have treated her this way, God should judge her but that if she didn't offend him and he decided to treat her that way, then nothing good will come out from all his labor.

The news of Laraba's death was brought to Garba, and he was asked to return her corpse to her people since he was the only one she knew in that town, but he refused. Luckily they were able to trace Laraba's brother, who lived in another town, and he came around to take the corpse of his sister (Laraba) and took her home for burial. Unfortunately, Garba didn't show up for the burial come to talk about attending the burial. Maybe that was part of the conditions of the oath. It was then established that Laraba was the one who killed the baby of Asabe. What do we call this; Coincidence or the law of karma?

When Laraba died, the news of her death was also brought to her children, but they were instructed not to shed a tear or else they will be spanked. Hmmm, they had no option but to stay calm. Laraba's last child was too young to handle the death of her mother, so she fell ill and was taken to the village to live with her grandmother.

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