“We are thankful for the way you inspired all of us attending through your words of encouragement and through sharing your own story.You gave the youth great tips on how to feed the giant within and how to embrace failure as a possible path to success.”Kesa Anderson, Nova Scotia Community College
“I’m not a loser. I don’t want to be a victim. I want to be a victor!” That was the cry of Will Njoku’s heart as he was growing up, and it is the heart’s cry of many young people today.
Will Njoku is a youth motivational speaker who leads at-risk youth, high school students, young athletes, and student leaders to triumph over tragedy and to use their adversities to their advantage.
At 6 foot 9, Will Njoku had a successful athletic career beginning when he was thirteen; and he is in fact the only athlete to attend both a Canadian high school and university and be drafted by the NBA (National Basketball Association). But who would have believed that all the while Will was fighting constant battles within himself? Will knows that this is something that many youth today experience, whether it be the scars from being bullied, loneliness, trust issues, wanting love, depression, being stereotyped, struggling with identity, insecurity, anxiety, yearning to belong or whatever. And it is his passion to hear them say with him, “I’m a winner!”
Here’s the question: how, in spite of his struggles as a teen in turmoil, did Will not only become a successful athlete but also come to realize that he is truly a winner?
He did so by applying the S.A.F.E. principle. S.A.F.E. is “Set your feet. Aim high. Follow through. Every day”. It is a game plan that frames the choices youth make. And it gave Will the ability to see himself as a winner every time. Will’s S.A.F.E. message to young people offers them the tools for personal leadership through his inspiring story of triumph. They will learn why life’s challenges can actually build the resiliency they need to maintain the positive mindset required for them to achieve their individual goals and to succeed in life. They will also learn the S.A.F.E tools that have been proven useful for prevention by helping young people understand how to properly rebound from life’s mishaps.
Will has been featured on ESPN, TSN and CBC. He has even gone as far as sharing the basketball court with Michael Jordan, to sharing the stage with Wayne Brady!