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Emeka Nnaka – Watch Event Video


Emeka Nnaka’s life changed in an instant when making a tackle as a defensive end for the Oklahoma Thunder semi-professional football team.

“I just laid there, not able to move,” Emeka recalled. “I felt a tingling sensation throughout my body, kind of like when you hit your funny bone. I tried so hard to give the ‘thumbs up’ sign on the way out of the stadium, but I just couldn’t do it.”

Emeka went on to attend Tulsa Community College earning a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Langston University and has completed a master’s degree. He established his marketplace ministry as a life coach, counselor and professional speaker.

One might suspect Emeka never experienced a moment of self-pity.

Yet Nnaka’s trajectory wasn’t always so positive. And for a period of time following the injury he felt his life was over, like he no longer had anything to offer the world.

“Sometimes I’ll dream that I’m running and playing football, then I wake up. But I really never get depressed. My faith has served as a guide.”