Nikkta
Evanston, IL
I like exploring the complexity and simplicity of relationships (family, romantic) and she also enjoys writing ridiculous situations that highlight social woes.
Biography

Nikkita Duke is a multiple award-winning Nigerian writer with a Law Degree from the UK and an MFA in Screen/Stage Writing from Northwestern University. Presently, she was selected as a BAFTA Newcomer and she works as the Media Coordinator for The Africa Channel. 

Her writing has been acclaimed internationally across continents from Africa to Europe to North America through writing competitions such as Austin Film Festival, StoryPros International Screenplay Contest, Little Wonder Short Radio Play Competition, Athena Project's Plays-In-Progress, Wild Claw Theatre’s Deathscribe Festival, and the list goes on. Presently, her grant winning, co-written TV pilot ‘U.S. Aliens’ is streaming on the esteemed platform, Open Television.

She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America and her works have been read at The Goodman Theatre, Evanston Literary Festival, Chicago Dramatists, etc. Her recent play, ‘Fatty Bum Bum’, debuted in Chicago in 2020 at Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble (F.A.T.E.) as part of their residency program.

Plays

by NIKKITA DUKE

Affiong, a talented housewife, just wrote her first-ever novel. Her husband thinks it’s garbage. Her best friend thinks it's fantastic. Who will she listen to? This dark comedy follows Affiong's journey to getting the novel published which leads to a re-evaluation of her life choices.

Cast:
2W 5M
by NIKKITA DUKE

Prodigal son Edem Offiong is forced to face an uncomfortable family reunion when he returns home for his mother’s funeral. Things soon begin to crack during the wake keeping and Edem is forced to confront all the buried secrets from his childhood and present and finally confront his female abuser.

Cast:
5W 5M
by NIKKITA DUKE

Kids Itoro and Mfon can go anywhere in their home except the one their father forbids them to enter. When Itoro is drawn inside, it’s up to Mfon to save them and eventually, herself.

Cast:
3W
by NIKKITA DUKE

Kokomma and Obiora who are old friends and immigrants in the United States. They left Nigeria years ago (at different times) and have been living separate lives since. However, now their children want to get married and their lives are forced to intersect.

Cast:
2W 2M
by NIKKITA DUKE

When the driver’s discovery of the toy coincides with a sudden ailment he has, it initiates a superstitious journey to break his curse.

Cast:
2W 3M

Successes

B AFTA Los Angeles Newcomers Program Participant (2020 - Present, USA)

B AFTA Los Angeles Newcomers Program Participant (2020 - Present, USA)

Fatty Bum Bum!

Produced at Fehinty Theatre’s Diaspora Show (2020, USA)

King Rutherford

Quarter Finalist at Austin Film Festival Playwriting Comp (2019, USA).

The Forbidden Room

Finalist for Deathscribe Festival of Horror Radio Plays (2018, USA).