Sa’adu Zungur was a poet, journalist, social critic, Islamic scholar, and nationalist. He was among early scholars in northern Nigeria, who called for the reform of the society through education during colonial rule. He kicked against colonial rule and British imperialism. He was noted to have led the first protest in the north against native authority for denying people their rights.
Born in 1914 in Ganfuwa in Bauchi, Zungur in 1929 attended Katsina Higher College and in 1934, became the first Hausa man to attend the Yaba College of Technology, where he studied pharmacy. Leaving the college, he taught at Kano School of Hygiene from 1930 to 1940 before moving to Zaria School of Pharmacy, where he became the head in 1941.
While in Zaria, Zungur spearheaded the formation of the Northern Nigeria Youth Movement (NNYM), which later changed to the Zaira Friendly Society and later the Northern Provinces General Improvement Union (NPGIU). In 1949, NPGIU became the Northern People’s Congress (NPC), the party that was in power after independence.