“In the late 1920s, an 11-year-old Fulani girl was kidnapped from a village in the north-eastern part of Nigeria and handed over to a British colonial officer, who kept her as a sex slave. His abandonment of her and return to his country turned her into the willing consort of yet another white man, the famous Dr. Rupert M. East, who is regarded as the father of contemporary Hausa literature. Their unusual union was a turning point in her life. This book recounts, in her own words, the incredible story of Maimunatu Dadasare Abdullahi. In it, she narrates those dark days, especially the hurdles she scaled as a pioneer participant in some of the events that shaped the emerging Northern Nigeria – colonial rule, nursing, adult education, journalism and women’s empowerment. The introduction and afterword by Dr. Aliyah Adamu Ahmad, a leading literary historian, are an invaluable addition to the tragic story, especially the agony that capped Dadasare’s sterling accomplishments.” This is a book everyone concerned about the origin of Nigeria and why we are where we are today, as well as humanity in general, would like to read.