Born in Togo, West Africa, and transplanted to the United States, N'tifafa Akoko began her formal dance training as 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 Lakes Fine Arts Dance Ensemble.
N'tifafa attended Grand Valley State University in Michigan where she majored in Dance and Pre-Physical Therapy receiving her BA in 2006. An independent study graduate student from Alvin Alley School of Dance, she studied dance with Milton Meyers, Ann Forsythe, and Maguette Camara along with various other instructors.
She now performs with the Fusha Dance Company, Les Enfants du Soleil Fusha in New York City, and most recently Cirque Zuma Zuma.