Born in Kano in 1952, Hafsat Ahmad Abdulwaheed attended Shahuci and Shekara Schools. After she was name runner-up in a Hausa writing competition organised by the New Nigeria Publishing Company, she became the first female published writer from Northern Nigerian. The book she entered for the competition, So Aljannar Duniya, remains a reference point for discussions on Hausa literature in Nigeria. It is taught in secondary schools and some institutions of higher learning as part of the curriculum for Hausa Literature.

Since then, Hafsat has gone on to publish three other books: two collections of short stories titled Saba Dan Sabbabi and Yar Dubu Maitambutse; a book on marriage titled Nasiha ga Ma’aura. She is currently working on a third collection of short stories, as well as book of poetry in English Called Ancient Dance.

Abdulwaheed divides her time between Abuja and Gusau, the place which provided the inspiration for her first book