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Happy birthday, Akbar!

It’s Akbar Gbajabiamila’s birthday!

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Join us in wishing a very happy birthday to American Ninja Warrior’s Akbar Gbajabiamila!

What would the show be without Akbar up in the host tower with Matt Iseman? Would anyone ever be seen without Akbar there to see them? How would L’s be maintained without his rallying cries to “Keep those L’s!” But in all seriousness, Akbar brings an authentic joy and excitement to the show that reflects every fan at home. He loves the Ninja Warrior community and we love him right back!

What else is there to say about Akbar?

He’s brave.

He’s always willing to try something new.

Even if it’s a little gross.

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Here fishy, fishy #GotEm!

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He’s kind.

His family means the world to him.

He gets cramps just like the rest of us!

He’s enthusiastic!

Like, REALLY enthusiastic.

We hope Akbar has a magical birthday! We can’t wait to have the whole team back together whenever American Ninja Warrior resumes taping!