Emeka Nnaka is a professional motivational speaker and leading advocate for individuals with physical challenges. He brings a message of determination, inspiration, and hope to audiences of all ages, young and old.
While playing in a semi-pro football game, at the age of 21, Emeka sustained a career-ending neck and spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from his chest down. In the face of the most extreme of circumstances, he chose not to give in and not give up.
Emeka is uniquely qualified to present life, its challenges, and its opportunities from the perspective of someone who found strength through tremendous adversity.
He has addressed audiences of up to 1,000 guests at events across the Midwest U.S. including schools, professional groups, and corporate events.
Emeka serves as an advocate for the physically challenged on the local, state, and national levels. Recently, he was featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) “All Things Considered,” where he discussed the Americans with Disabilities Act on its 25th anniversary for a national audience.
He is an Ambassador for the Tulsa Area United Way, playing a key role in fundraising, marketing, and community investments for one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations. He is involved with the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, where he leads the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group, provides personal training for persons with disabilities, and gives presentations to donor and volunteer groups.
He has also served as a Youth Advisor and Men’s Ministry Coordinator for Victory Christian Church, which has one of the largest nondenominational congregations in the Midwest.
He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services from Langston University and is currently studying to receive his master’s in Human Relations from Oklahoma University in Tulsa. As a speaker, coach, and advocate, Emeka inspires others to remain hopeful through life’s circumstances, love one another well, and pursue their best possible future.
His presentation topics include:
Importance of Education
Overcoming Life Challenges