Rita was born in North London, England to Ghanaian parents. She grew up in Cable Street, East London and first found herself on a set at the Montessori style state school she attended there. She initially trained as a painter and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts with a Joint Honours BA in Visual Arts, here she made her first films. Her work explores the complexity of family, in all its forms, and the dreams of women. Her debut feature, the rites-of-passage adventure BLISS! starring Freya Parks, had its World Premiere at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

She is developing long form work for TV and Film. Short film directing credits include Screen South part funded THE CURRY CLUB starring Cleo Sylvestre, Ruth Sheen, Claire-Louise Cordwell and Olivier Award Winner Kenneth Cranham, and the upcoming AURORA, log line: "A socialist, feminist vampire is on a quest to kill a habit that won't die". 

Rita has directed 2 theatre productions and directed 2nd Unit on 2 episodes of SISTER/HBO/Sky series, THE BABY.

She is the Chair of BAFTA's British Short Film Award jury, curator of 225 Film Club and London Ambassador for Film Fatales.