Dr. Nikitta Dede Adjirakor is an academic researcher and storyteller. Her creative writing focuses on the intersection between belonging, language, health and trauma. Nikitta is the writer and producer of the award-winning documentary A Thousand Needles which explores African women’s health. She has been published in Africa is a Country, gal-dem, Praxis Magazine, Tampered Press, Sand Magazine among others. She is the author of the forthcoming poetry chapbook Learning to Say My Name (2023) to be published by the African Poetry Book Fund.