Bukayo Saka’s parents played a key role in helping the Arsenal star grow in his Christian faith

Bukayo Saka was raised in a strong Christian family.

The younger of two siblings, the 21-year-old was born in Ealing, West London, to Nigerian parents, Adenike and Yomi Saka.

As devout Christians, Saka’s parents chose to send him to Edward Betham Church of England Primary School, helping to ground the youngster in faith.

The school’s vision reads: With God’s love at the heart of all we do, we celebrate the unique gifts of every individual. Rooted in Christian hope, pupils grow academically and in their faith, equipped to live full and happy lives and care for the people and the world around them.

Little did they know, the school was raising a future England star who would go on to speak about his faith to the world.

In 2020, Saka wrote to students at his old school about the role that faith has played in his life:

“I grew up in a Christian family who believe strongly in God. This always made me curious to get to know God more and I have done so by reading my Bible a lot and going to church a lot over the years.”

‘He would tell them they needed to pray’

In an interview with the Daily Mail, one of Bukayo Saka’s neighbours talked about the Sakas being a family of committed Christians.

Whenever Bukayo’s father went to visit his neighbour, he would motivate her children to pray with him.

She said: ‘He would tell them they needed to pray, to help their mother, and to be kind to each other. He would ask them what they wanted to be when they grew up. He would talk to them all the time about football and always brought them gifts.

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‘He always kept me grounded’

Saka’s father applied that same level of love to his own children too.

Despite being a Premier League superstar, Saka has managed to remain incredibly humble.

He puts that down to the influence of his dad.

In an interview with Football London, Saka when talking about his father said: “He’s a massive inspiration for me. From when I was young, he always kept me grounded, kept me humble.”

Bukayo Saka with his family in the stands at Wembley.

‘It was a gift from my dad’

Ironically, it was a gift from Saka’s dad that helped the England star remain so grounded.

In April 2022, Saka sat down with British GQ to chat about the ’10 things Saka can’t live without’.

The 21-year-old’s list included his beloved PlayStation controller, super hydrating moisturiser, but most importantly his bible…

Bukayo Saka talking about his bible in an interview with British GQ.

“This is my bible. It was a gift from my dad.

It’s really special to me, I try to read it every night before I go to bed.

I’ve learned a lot from it and still reading it all the time, so it’s important for me.”

“Religion is a big part of my life. I’m a strong believer in God.

Reading this bible all the time helps me to learn more and more about God.

I normally memorise the messages and what it means and try and take it into my life.”

‘I read my Bible every night’

Amazingly, Saka’s incredible rise to the very top of football hasn’t changed his dependence on God’s word.

Saka most recently spoke about his faith after England beat Senegal 3-0 at the 2022 World Cup.

Bukayo Saka talking about his faith after England’s 3-0 win vs Senegal at the 2022 World Cup.

After the match in the press conference, the winger was asked about whether he’d been reading the bible during his stay in Qatar:

“Yeah, I’ve been continuing to do that out here. I read my Bible every night.

“For me, it’s really important to have the presence of God in me all the time and it gives me more confidence to know that God’s plan is perfect, so I can go on the pitch and know that God has my back. 

“But the main thing for me is just keeping my faith. You know just having faith in God so I don’t need to be nervous or worry about any outcomes because obviously, it’s my first World Cup.

You know I can start worrying about different things and different outcomes, but instead, I just choose to put my faith in God.”

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