Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Abbesi Akhamie is a Nigerian-American writer/director currently based in New York City. She received her MFA in Film from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and also holds a BA in Communications from George Mason University.
Abbesi has a keen interest in topics involving the African continent and its diaspora which is reflected in her writings and films. In 2016, she produced two short films, Samedi Cinema and Tween which have gone on to great national and international successes. Most recently, her short film, Still Water Runs Deep, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is currently being distributed by Salaud Morisset.
She is currently working on two feature scripts, a short film, as well as a fiction narrative she intends to publish.