Born in Togo, West Africa, and transplanted to the United States, N’tifafa Akoko began her formal dance training in Flint, Michigan through a youth inner-city ballet company. She continued her training with the Young People’s Ballet Theater, and also at the Flint School of Performing arts leading to an opportunity to tour Europe twice with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Dance Ensemble.
Ntifafa attended Grand Valley State University in Michigan where she majored in Dance and Pre-Physical Therapy; followed by an independent study graduate program at the Alvin Ailey School of dance. she studied dance with Milton Myers, Ann Marie Forsythe, and Maguette Camara along with various other instructors. She now performs with Fusha Dance Company, and others in the US and internationally.