Kriss Akabusi

Kriss Akabusi, Sports Star and Motivational Speaker. Hire from Edge Speaker Agency

Kriss is famous for his achievements in athletics where his greatest individual triumph was his Gold Medal in the 1990 European Championships when he also beat David Hemery's 22 year old British Record.

He began his international athletic career in 1983 as a member of the 4 x 400 metre relay squad and will probably always be remembered for helping Britain clinch the Gold and beat the Americans in the World Championships 4x400 metre relay in Tokyo in 1991.

In 1992 as 3 x Olympic medallist, World, European and Commonwealth Champion 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.

His start into television and entertainment began when he presented THE BIG BREAKFAST. This was followed with a full time position as co-presenter with BBC'S RECORD BREAKERS. He has presented various children's programmes and appears regularly on game and chat shows where the brief is "fun and entertainment"

Kriss is currently the CEO of The Akabusi Company, a corporate communications and training company where his marvellous personality and reputation as a fantastic public speaker has made him a very popular and attractive advocate.

He is also an accredited personal coach, having qualified at the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara. He is one of only 4 qualified Hudson Institute coaches in the UK.

Kriss Akabusi born in London in 1958 of Nigerian parents has three children, two beautiful girls from his marriage, Ashanti and Shakira and Alannam, a son and welcome addition to the family. Currently living in Bedfordshire, he can be found teeing off at the local golf cubs or avidly supporting his favourite football team West Ham United.

He is the founding Director and Chairman of TACT (The Akabusi Charitable Trust) and a NGO in Nigeria, designed to prevent water born diseases, and develop social cohesion by providing potable water by drilling bore holes and providing workshops and training around health issues and social responsibility.

Kriss’ infectious enthusiasm ensures that the messages hit home and motivate the audience. Kriss’ inspirational story is legendary and works well as a keynote at the start of a conference to fire up the delegates or as an end note to close the meeting. I’ll leave the audience on a high, ready to deliver success in the arena.

Delegates will be inspired to be the best they can be both personally and professionally through:

Setting a vision
Focusing on goal setting for teams and individuals
Ownership and commitment to goals
Identifying and overcoming hurdles
Using creativity and innovation to achieve outstanding results
Being flexible and managing change pro-actively
Understanding the importance of teamwork and how to achieve it


"Thank you so much for your motivational talk yesterday. You are so full of life and positive energy that it is understandable how you reached your goals. During the recognition, you had the energy for each person you greeted and didn’t lower your excitement for anyone, it was so nice to see. You looked like you enjoyed it, which makes the difference. I just enjoyed your motivational talk so much and even better than the last one you did, which was also very hard to top. I would have been happy to have seen a carbon copy of the last one too, as it was so good. Here’s looking forward to your next talk in the future."
Nicola, Kleeneze.

"The power and impact of this event continues to grow in my mind. You were indeed inspirational in your speech and great fun, energetic and positive in your presence. It was a privilege to share the stage with you. You gave us a great lift. I was very taken with how much you were able to tailor your words to our organisation's work and our fundamental purpose. This is a belated, but reflected "Thank You", for having come to Torbay to do this."
Anthony, Torbay Care Trust.