A former football player-turned-sports analyst Akbar Gbaja-Biamila works as a co-host of American Ninja Warrior. He is also the host of two other show, Universal Kid's, American Ninja Warrior Jr. and NFL Networks', NFL Fantasy Live.
As a professional football player, he initiated his career as a defensive end and linebacker in 2003. He played in National Football League (NFL) for Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and Miami Dolphins.
Bio (Age) Plus Family
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila was born in Los Angeles, California, on 6 May 1979 as Akbar Oluwakemi-Idowu Gbajabiamila. His father, Mustapha Gbaja-Biamila, is a former owner of a plumbing business, and his mother, Bolatito Gbaja-Biamila, is a former owner of a hair salon. Both of his parents are Nigerian immigrants. Unfortunately, he lost his mother in a car accident in 2002.
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In the family, he has altogether six siblings—two of them are his brother, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, a former NFL player, and Abdul Gbaja-Biamila.
For his education, Akbar first attended Crenshaw High School and then studied at Wharton School of Business. After that, in 1997, he enrolled at San Diego State University. Four years later, he graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Communication.
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila's Married Life
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila is married to Chrystal Gbaja-Biamila.
The pair shared the wedding vows secretly in front of some close friends and family members only.
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila with his wife, Chrystal Gbaja-Biamila on 13 May 2019 (Photo: Akbar Gbaja-Biamila's Instagram)
Together, they are blessed with four children, two sons named Nasir Gbaja-Biamila and Elijah Gbaja-Biamila, and two daughters named Saheedat Gbaja-Biamila and Naomi Gbaja-Biamila.
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila had an interest in sports from an early age. While in high school, he used to play basketball for the college team. With his team, he even competed at the Nike Extravaganza tournament.
However, he later changed his interest and shifted to football. After completing his graduation, he played in NFL for five years with the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, and Miami Dolphins.
During his professional football career, Akbar also worked as a broadcaster at NFL's Broadcast Boot Camp, NBC radio's KSWB, and even co-hosted Football Night.
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Following his retirement from football in 2008, he fully turned towards broadcasting. After that, he served as an analyst for the Mtn. Network and CBS Sports and later joined NFL Network in 2012. In 2013, he joined American Ninja Warrior as a co-host alongside Matt Iseman. Afterward, he also got the chance to co-host Team Ninja Warrior and American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the television personality and former professional football player, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila has managed to make a net worth of $7 million.
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila is the author of a book named Everyone Can Be A Ninja. It was published in 2019.
His first name refers to great in Arabic, whereas his last name refers to a big man save me.
He is the board member of the Asomugha Foundation, an organization that focuses on creating better educational chances for needy peoples.
His father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000.