AKBAR GBAJA-BIAMILA

 

Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021 AT 7:30 P.M.

Akbar 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. The L.A. native grew up in the Crenshaw district with his mother and 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”. Akbar 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.

Akbar is the author of Everyone Can Be A Ninja, his first book, which came out in May of 2019.  He currently serves as a board member for the Asomugha Foundation, an organization aimed at creating better educational opportunities for impoverished communities and also serves on the Board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which raises millions of dollars for Parkinson’s research. Akbar delivers a powerful message on how everyone can be a ninja, find your inner warrior, and achieve your dreams.

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