Kriss Akabussi MBE was an international hurdler. Kriss’ greatest athletic achievements were his individual gold medal for the 400m hurdles in the 1990 European Championships and as a member of the 4×400 metre relay squad who took gold at the 1991 World Championships.
As a motivational speaker, Akabusi speaks around the acronym F.I.T, (Focus, Innovation and Teamwork).
Hurdles are part of every persons life. These are what make people strong. In the end, man has become more resilient because of the number of problems he had to overcome. Kriss Akabussi was no exception to the rule. When it came to hurdles, he had battled them both physically and emotionally, which is why he has earned the right to become one of the leading sports motivational speakers.
Born in Nigeria, he was part of the Igbo tribe, but at a very young age, he was sent to the United Kingdom where he was first raised by his brother and then his uncle. He was left to fend for himself and experienced abuse in his formative years. Nonetheless, he grew from the experience. He was reunited with his mother during his early teens, but instead of returning to his roots, Kriss opted to stay in the country that he grew to love. It was then a new beginning for Kriss. He embarked on a new career as a sprinter and then as a hurdler.
During his active years in sports, he broke several records and garnered medals. He is best remembered for helping Britain clinch the gold and beat the Americans in the World Championships 4×400 metre relay in Tokyo in 1991. He won Olympic silver in Los Angeles and two bronze medals in Barcelona in 1992.
Kriss was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty The Queen in her Birthday Honours List in recognition of his services to the country through athletics. In the 1990’s he embarked on a career in television and the very popular sports personality presented the Big Breakfast and BBC’s Record Breakers.
Kriss has served as an inspiration to those who had nothing. Life had served him lemons, and this Olympic motivational speaker is one shining example that you can truly make something of yourself if you remain committed. Kriss shares his vision of leadership, teamwork, and strength to companies and individuals worldwide with a vibrance and personality that endears audiences to him.
"What a legendary and evangelical performance. Kriss’ personality filled the room right from the start. His energy is matched by his professionalism. Kriss did his homework on our company, our history and our vision for the future. He brought together the threads of his personal life and career to make it relevant to our national management conference. The theme of our event was ‘managing change’, and Kriss provided an inspirational, emotional and often funny presentation about the need to embrace change to win. Kriss is like a firework – colourful, loud, eye-catching and full of impact. I have seen many motivational speakers and would not hesitate in recommending Kriss as a corporate speaker at any event. "
"Kriss was just amazing on Friday. He had the audience in the palm of his hand with his humour, commitment and the pure passion and intensity of his performance. I have had a fantastic response to the day and a large part of that is down to Kriss. He was so good after his speech, he met our Help For Heroes guests, one of whom has less that 6 months to live and gave such strong words of encouragement to them both. He stopped and had pictures taken with everyone that asked and signed autographs non stop. I found him to be one of the nicest and most accommodating of people that I have met during 16 years of organising this event. It was a pleasure to have him attend the day and I hope that you will passion my personal thanks for all he did on the day. "
"I just wanted to thank you and the CIPD team for last night’s 'New Year, New You' event, presented by Kriss Akabusi. He was, as I expected, energetic, enthused and ran a very good 2 hour interactive presentation. Please pass on my thanks to Kriss."
"Kriss was recommended to me by someone who heard him speak over 10 years ago! Kriss was extremely professional in all our briefing calls and was focused on ensuring his talk was aligned to our business objectives. When on stage Kriss personified passion and inspiration, he displayed a whole range of emotions and connected with the audience immediately. The audience were taken on a journey and were hanging on to his every last word. He stuck to the brief and delivered a flawless performance! "
"Fantastic motivator- with energy and passion. Was very relevant and inspiring. The only speaker we have had that has taken the time to learn about our company, a great find. “
"We invited Kriss to present at our annual Global Conference and we couldn’t have asked for anything better. He was funny, engaging, entertaining, inspirational and hugely relevant. The hairs on the back of our hands standing on end with his electricity! Kriss’s tone and content were absolutely perfect and he tailored his act beautifully to fit with our key conference theme and messages. People will be talking about Kriss Akabusi at our conference for years to come! Thanks for helping us deliver the best Speedo Conference ever. Boom! Boom! Boom!"