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 Grad 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 shorts were acquired by and aired on HBO.

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

She is in development on the feature film version of Suicide By Sunlight. 

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