Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE PC (1912-66) Signed Card, "Abubakar Balewa", 5 x 3, blue ink, on the reverse is the original letter by a 13 year old girl from Indiana requesting the autograph for her hobby and 4-h project (no show through), by the Nigerian politician, and the first prime minister of an independent Nigeria. In 1934, Balewa wrote Shaihu Umar, a novella about a pious Muslim in response to a request to promote Hausa literature. Events and themes within the novel dealt with slave trade, familial relationships and Islamic themes of submission to the will of God. In January 1960, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was overthrown and murdered in a military coup on 15 January 1966, as were many other leaders. Comes with a letter of transmittal, 4th November, 1961, 7 x 9.5, on "Cabinet Office, Lagos, Nigeria" letterhead, In part: "I am directed by the Prime Minister of the Federation of Nigeria, to thank you for your letter and to return the card which he ha autographed...." and the "OFFICIAL" mailing envelope with 4 Nigerian stamps. All three items are in fine condition, with a paperclip impression in upper right of card and usual mailing folds.