Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia: Sierra Leonean-American Filmmaker Nikyatu's films have screened at festivals nationally and internationally. With a BA from Duke University and an MFA from NYU's Tisch Graduate Film school, she's earned various awards including NYU’s Spike Lee  Fellowship Award, the Princess Grace Narrative film grant and Director’s Guild of America Honorable Mentions.

Three of her short films were acquired by and aired on HBO.

Her latest film Suicide By Sunlight: a project funded by THROUGH HER LENS and sponsored by the Tribeca Film Institute and Chanel, made its debut at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and is currently touring the festival circuit. Nikyatu is in development on the feature film version of Suicide By Sunlight. 

Most recently, Nikyatu made her TV Directing debut with an episode of the original scripted horror anthology: Two Sentence Horror Stories, to premiere on CW August 2019. 

Nikyatu is a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Film & Video department at George Mason University where she teaches Screenwriting and Directing.