Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker Nikyatu's short films have played at festivals nationally and internationally garnering her NYU’s prestigious Spike Lee Fellowship Award, the Princess Grace Foundation Narrative film grant and Director’s Guild of America Honorable Mentions to name a few.
Two of her shorts were acquired by and aired on HBO.
Presently she is in development on her feature film Free The Town to be shot on location in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The project was one of 12 screenplays invited to participate in Sundance Institute’s inaugural 2013 Diverse Writers Workshop. Additionally FTT was hand selected for Africa’s most prestigious Film Market, the 2013 Durban Film Mart in South Africa and one of 5 narrative films selected for Film Independent's Fast Track.
She studied narrative filmmaking at New York University’s MFA film program and lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY.