Akbar Oluwakemi-Idowu Gbajabiamila (born May 6, 1979), is a former professional American football player of the National Football League (NFL), who currently is the co-host for American Ninja Warrior, works as a sports analyst for the NFL Network, and author.
The Los Angeles native grew up in the Crenshaw district with his mother and father, both of who were born and raised in Nigeria, and his 6 siblings. Among his siblings is Green Bay Packers defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.
Gbajabiamila was signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent, in 2003. Before beginning his professional career, he played college football at San Diego State University. Gbajabiamila also played for the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins.
Gbajabiamila currently serves as a board member for the Asomugha Foundation, an organization aimed at creating better educational opportunities for impoverished communities. Akbar also serves on the Board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which raises millions of dollars for Parkinson’s research.
Gbajabiamila currently co-hosts American Ninja Warrior alongside Matt Iseman and Zuri Hall. American Ninja Warrior is an American sports entertainment competition, which features hundreds of competitors attempting to complete series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty in various cities across the United States, in hopes becoming the season's "American Ninja Warrior." In addition to this, he also hosts the Universal Kids spin off show, American Ninja Warrior Junior as well as NFL Networks’ highest rated show, NFL Fantasy Live.
Gbajabiamila‘s first book,
Everyone Can Be a Ninja, was released on May 7, 2019 (ISBN 978-1982109752).