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Akbar Gbajabiamila            

Inspirational Former NFL Player & Broadcaster; Host of American Ninja Warrior & Co-Host of The Talk

Akbar Gbajabiamila is the host of NBC's four-time Emmy nominated series "American Ninja Warrior," Universal Kid’s spin-off show, "American Ninja Warrior Jr" as well as NFL Networks' highest-rated show, "NFL Fantasy Live."

In 2021, CBS’ "The Talk" Gbajabiamila as a new permanent co-host for Season 12 of the daytime talk show. Gbajabiamila joins fellow co-hosts Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots and Jerry O’Connell on the new season.

The L.A. native grew up in the Crenshaw district with his mother, father, both who were born and raised in Nigeria, and his 6 siblings. His first name means “great” in Arabic and his last name means “big man come save me”.

Gbajabiamila played football for San Diego State all 4 years while receiving his degree in communications & new media studies. He then played 5 years in the NFL as a linebacker & defensive end with the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and Miami Dolphins before retiring in 2008.

More recently, Gbajabiamila made his debut on NBC’s the Night Shift as well as hosted NBC’s 2017 & 2018 Red Nose Day and the Macy’s Day July 4th Spectacular. Gbajabiamila is also a frequent guest on the TODAY show, appearing more than 25 times in 2018 alone. He also co-hosts EXTRA! regularly.

Besides being one of TV’s most infectious and energetic hosts, Gbajabiamila 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, which raises millions of dollars for Parkinson’s research. The cause is driven by the fact his own father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the late 1990’s.

Speech Topics

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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Megyn Kelly TODAY welcomes Akbar Gbaja Biamila of “American Ninja Warrior,” who talks about what he'll be doing on behalf of Red Nose Day May 24, when ...

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