Nike Campbell Fatoki was born in Lvov, Ukraine. She is the second of four children born to Nigerian parents. Both parents met and trained to be medical doctors in the Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) where they had Nike and her older brother. She was ‘shipped’ back to Lagos, Nigeria to her maternal Grandparents who were already looking after her older brother while her parents completed their studies.
Nike grew up in a very happy close-knit family where she wanted for nothing. Her love for stories was fostered by the frequent tales told by her grandfather of his years growing up in Ebute-Metta and Lagos Island. Her grandmother, a teacher by training would tell her stories of her ancestors dating back to her Grandmother’s flight from Dahomey, Republic of Benin. Unfailingly, every Saturday, Nike’s mother, along with her siblings would get into a taxi cab for the trip across the Eko Bridge to Lagos Island, returning a few hours later with large bags filled with story books.
She completed her primary school education at Staff School, University of Lagos, Akoka. She attended Queen’s College, Lagos and though a social science major, she was still prone to the literary arts, taking literature classes any chance she got. During the holidays, her mother bought a typewriter with which she used to write her first novel- an untitled novel about the life of a slave girl in Charlottesville, Virginia.
After graduating from Queens’ College, she started her higher education at University of Lagos, majoring in economics. The frequent union strikes prompted her to transfer to Howard University, Washington DC in 1996. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in Economics, minor in Political Science in 1999. She worked part-time as she pursued her Master’s degree in International Development at American University, graduating in August 2001. In the same year, she got married and settled permanently in the US.
She 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 has completed her short story collection – Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon and it will be published and released by Quramo Publishing in July 2016. EC Osondu, winner of the Caine Prize for African fiction review: “These are stories worth telling from a writer worth reading.”
Nike is presently writing her next historical fiction novel set to be published in 2017.
Nike lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and three sons.