Tulsa man special guest on the Ellen Show
Emeka Nnaka lives in Tulsa and last week received the surprise of his life when the NBC notified him that Ellen Degeneres was going to interview him on the famous Ellen Show in Los Angeles, California.
Emeka arrived in Tulsa in 2011 to study at Oral Roberts University. He was born and raised in Macon Georgia where he played professional football until his 21st birthday, when he suffered an accident that changed his life. He was playing a game in Arkansas when he broke his vertebra and ended up in a wheel chair for good. He went through nine operations, one even lasting nine hours, to try to recover, but he was still paralyzed. Emeka has had a hard life and experienced difficult times, but he decided to fight for his life and joined a local organization of volunteers that offered shelter for the underprivileged. Suddenly he found a purpose that brings joy to his heart and calms his mind. One day Emeka was going back home to the apartment he shared with his father, when a fire sparked, leaving him and his family homeless. His father started to have problems with his ankle after the accident and also had to use a wheel chair.
Even though life didn’t seem at all promising, Emeka kept on struggling and believing that the accident and the fire wouldn’t be able to defeat his will.
His story of resilience made it to Ellen’s ears and after receiving more than 50 letters from friends, family and other citizens Emeka was invited to LA.
When he arrived at the show Emeka had no idea the surprise Ellen had prepared for him; everything was normal until Ellen started explaining what Emeka did at his job. Suddenly Emeka realized the story wasn’t about him but about all those kids he had helped at the shelter. Minutes later Ellen told him that he would go back to Tulsa with a special gift, Cheerios had donated 100,000 dollars for his organization. Emeka couldn’t believe what he heard -- he thanked Ellen and all those who had valued his story. Finally Ellen concluded the show with the following words: “For all those who wrote the letters, I want to tell you. You were right, Emeka is amazing.” (La Semana)