Afia Charles was born on 22 July, 1992. She is a sprinter from Antigua and Barbuda who specializes in the 400 metres. Charles is 5 feet 7 inches tall. She attends the University of Central Florida (UCF), where she competes for the UCF Knights track and field team. In her freshman year she won the bronze medal in the 400 metres at the 2011 CARIFTA Games held in Montego Bay, Jamaica; competing for Antigua she set a new personal best time of 54.23 seconds. She broke the freshman and school records for the outdoor 400 metres, setting a time of 53.6 seconds and was a member of the 47 × 400 metres relay team that competed at the 2011 NCAA Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship.  In her sophomore year she set another school record by running 54.17 seconds on her way to winning the gold medal in the 400 meters at the C-USA Indoor Championships.