Abstract This book chronicles the vicissitudes and intrigues that surrounded the life of the first female Speaker of the Parliament of Botswana, Dr Margaret Nasha.It is a tapestry of the emergence and survival of an African girl child, growing through the turbulence of cultural dogmas, leading to the pinnacle of the predominantly male political leadership. It recounts the numerous obstacles she had to encounter, covering a difficult childhood without a father; overcoming the many efforts to thwart her desire to get a good education; confronting the challenges of married life, and finally making it through the political maze. This is the story of a girl, a mother, a wife, a professional and self-made leader who rode the steeps of all challenges without being apologetic about her gender or background. The book covers Dr Nasha's tempestuous struggle for women's political empowerment, and the rough road she had to travel to get to where she is today. Very few successful women in Botswana were born with any spoon at all in their mouths. It takes perseverance, determination, hard work and sheer nerves for women to make their mark in the annals if history as role models. This book is not a political tell-all but a candid narration of the unique trials and tribulations faced by an African child in the struggle for self-actualisation. Dr Nasha takes the reader from the dusty paths of Kanye village in Bechuanaland to the smoke choked match-box houses of the Soweto of apartheid days, and back to the now middle income country of Botswana, where the struggle continues...