Milwaukee Bucks celebrity, Giannis Antetokounmpo, popularly known as ‘The Greek Freak’, has claimed he is also the ‘The Nigerian Freak’.
The 2021 NBA Champion and two-time standard season MVP, advised ESPN’s Malika Andrews, on NBA These days, in an job interview monitored by SportsRation.
New from #Eurobasket2022, where by he led the Greek countrywide workforce to the quarterfinal, and completed as the event leading scorer, with an ordinary issue of 29.3.
Giannis sat with Malika and talked about distinctive factors described in his shorter film, “Naija Odyssey”.
The that means of his identify, his Greek and Nigerian heritages, and his nickname.
“You know I have shared it so several moments, it does not trouble me,” said in reaction to his nickname, ‘The Greek Freak’.
“But, people today really don’t simply call me ‘the Nigerian Freak’, they only connect with me ‘the Greek Freak’.
“This is the time for persons to have an understanding of that I am each, I am not just a Greek, I am a Nigerian.
“At the starting when my dad was however alive, and I was sharing with my mum, they felt some form of way.
“You know as a mum or dad, I will truly feel some variety of way, my son staying termed the Greek Freak.
“But you know, you cannot choose the name the enthusiasts will give to you.
“What I will say to folks is, yes, I was born and raised in Greece, I fully grasp the Greek lifestyle.
“I talk the language, and I know the record, at the end of the working day, I know the very same factor about Nigerian culture.
“I am not just 1 factor, you cannot notify me what I am, I can convey to you how I am feeling, who I am.
“At the close of the day, I feel like I am the two, and I have the chance to share my journey and my story.
“Actually, I am not heading to lie, the to start with time I observed it, I kinda felt that way.
“But I have an understanding of why mainly because I do the form of points that a good deal of individuals simply cannot do out there, I like the nickname.
“I like ‘The Greek Freak’, but I am also ‘The Nigerian Freak’. I am not just a Greek but a Nigerian also.
“When raising my young ones, I am not just heading to train them about the Greek tradition by itself, I am also heading to train them about the Nigerian lifestyle.
“That is what my parents did for me, and that is what I am making an attempt to do to my young ones.
“So fantastic, as extensive as I am capable to share my story, and make folks understand where by I am coming from, and I am happy Whatsapp gave me the system to do that.”
You reported when you are in Greece, you are identified as Nigerian, when in Nigeria, you were called a Greek – what do you contact by yourself?
“I am each Greek and Nigerian,” stated Giannis.
“I am Greeko, Nigeriano.
“In Greece, you are not Greek ample – you know, we have diverse colours,
“When I participate in with my African friends, they puzzled if I was Nigerian adequate, do I communicate the languages, do I talk Yoruba or Ibo.”
Naija Odyssey is a small movie created in collaboration with Whatsapp, narrated by Giannis Antetokounmpo.
You can observe the documentary below:
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