I’m an advocate for domestic violence victims -Nike Campbell-Fatoki
Nike Campbell-Fatoki is a Ukraine-born Nigerian writer. She has worked for several years in the International Development field where she managed development projects and recruited consultants. She then moved over to the municipal government to work in finance and budgeting.
In 2006, she began to develop a draft for Thread of Gold Beads. Life got in the way, and she put the script aside. In 2009, she dusted off the script and began work. Thread of Gold Beads is a book borne out of a yearning to tell the story of hope, faith, love and the strength of the human spirit. This is her first novel. Nike’s short story collection – Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon has just been published by Quramo Publishing.
Nike’s career kicked off in 2009 after her first draft of Thread of Gold Beads was completed. She decided to publish. It’s been rewarding, not monetarily at first, but more as a fulfillment of her passion. The feedback and reviews from readers have also been encouraging.
Nike Campbell-Fatoki deals with writer’s block by inspiring herself to read. She also surrounds herself with the creative arts – music, paintings, drama. Anything that spurs creativity works for her. She also had to force herself to keep writing even when she doesn’t feel like it.
Life informed her story choices. She has observed the goings on in society and many are shocking – the unfortunate trending in fatal domestic violence incidents, stigmatization of those dealing with mental illness, mental disorders, the societal standards we all have to meet up to or risk falling off the high horses we have been placed.
She uses these stories to provoke people to think – who set these standards anyway? Why must we leave up to then? Why can’t we leave our lives being at peace with who we are?
Nike Campbell-Fatoki is an advocate for domestic violence victims. She also support organizations who cater to the development of education, and health of the African child. She was born in Lvov, Ukraine to Nigerian parents who were medical students at the time in the Soviet Union. She grew up in Lagos, Nigeria with three siblings.
Nike Campbell-Fatoki was very close to her maternal grandparents and they were very instrumental in developing her love for storytelling. They were superb storytellers. Her mum was the one who was great at investing in books. It became customary for her to take her and her siblings out on Saturdays to buy story books. Her childhood was filled with all kinds of story books. It opened up a world of possibilities and creativity.
Nike Campbell-Fatoki attended Queen’s College, Lagos, an all-girls’ school. It was there I made life-long friends. I began my tertiary education at University of Lagos Economics department and then transferred to Howard University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and minor in Political science. She immediately completed her Masters degree in International Development from American University also in Washington DC. She has worked in the international development field and now in municipal government for 15 years.
Writing has been her outlet. Her first novel, Thread of Gold Beads was adapted to a stage play in the Washington DC area in 2014 and translated into French in 2015. Nike Campbell-Fatoki is currently working on her next historical fiction novel set in Nigeria and Sierra Leone.