Akbar Gbajabiamila is a dynamic television host, public speaker, and former NFL player. He serves as host of THE TALK, CBS’ Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show that examines topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of four hosts, alongside Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood.
Akbar is also the host of NBC’s hit competition series “American Ninja Warrior”. He became a published author in 2019 with his critically acclaimed debut book, “Everyone Can Be a Ninja: Find Your Inner Warrior and Achieve Your Dreams.” He also executive produced the 2020 award winning film, “Sylvie‘s Love.” As a professional athlete, Gbajabiamila played five years in the NFL as a linebacker and defensive end, with the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins, before retiring in 2008.
A Los Angeles native, Gbajabiamila grew up in the Crenshaw district with his parents, both of whom were born and raised in Nigeria, and six siblings. Gbajabiamila played football at San Diego State University and graduated with a degree in communication and new media studies. Later, he completed a certified entrepreneurship program at the Wharton School of Business in 2005.
Gbajabiamila has a long history of volunteering and social consciousness and currently serves as a board member for the Asomugha Foundation, an organization aimed at creating better educational opportunities for impoverished communities. Gbajabiamila also serves on the board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a cause extremely near and dear to his heart.
Everyone Can Be a Ninja: Overcoming Adversity to be the Best Version of Yourself
Akbar draws from his upbringing in Crenshaw to inspire others to find their own greatness. He is truly the advocate for the Underdog’s Path to Success and loves to inspire others to overcome their own personal obstacles and be the best versions of themselves. Akbar also pulls from personal stories from his new book, Everyone Can Be a Ninja.
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