Najaa is a native of Cleveland, OH and attended high school and college in Pittsburgh, PA. A bashful kid, it was in high school that Najaa broke out of her shell and began performing with her mother’s African dance company, Omi Tutu. Since then she has performed with various West African and Afro-Caribbean dance companies as a member and as a guest artist. Most notably, African Soul International, Olokumi African Arts Collective and Tam Tam Magic directed by Senegalese master drummer, Assane M’Baye. She has performed and taught throughout the midwest and written and directed productions for Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theatre and Cuyahoga Community College Dance Department. Najaa has a BA in Theatre Arts from Chatham College and a MFA in Film Production from Florida State University’s Graduate Conservatory of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts.