Akbar Gbajabiamila has been with AP Brand Group for 7 years! He's the host of NBC's four-time Emmy nominated series AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR and host of CBS' hit show, THE TALK, as well as Roku's newest original series, FIGHT TO SURVIVE.
Akbar also recently hosted the breakout hit, "Tokyo Live!" which debuted on Peacock and covered the Tokyo Olympics, hosting multiple seasons of AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR JR and TEAM NINJA. Akbar's critically acclaimed debut book, "Everyone Can Be a Ninja: Find Your Inner Warrior and Achieve Your Dreams," aims to encourage readers to never give up, no matter the obstacle.
Akbar is honored to leverage his formidable professional platform to inspire and motivate others and advocate for those in need. He serves on the board of the Asomugha Foundation, which provides pathways to college for disenfranchised youth, and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Moreover, Akbar is a strong proponent of financial literacy, lending his time and energy to educating young people and pro athletes.
This family man wants to make a difference in the world and strongly believes, “It’s our duty to leave the world a better place than when we found it!”
He grew up in hard-scrabble South Central LA, one of seven children of Nigerian immigrants. A solid family foundation and a natural athletic ability made him a stand-out high school student-athlete, excelling in basketball and football. Akbar went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Communications and Media Studies while attending San Diego State University on a football scholarship. Then he spent five years in the NFL as a linebacker and defensive end with the Oakland Raiders, Chargers (San Diego), and Miami Dolphins before retiring in 2008.
He is a fun and personable man with over 121 million views across all social media platforms. From making entertaining videos with his kids to inspiring change, he is the definition of a legend.