Giannis, recently gave clarifications on his connection with Nigeria. According to him, his both Parents are Nigerians who relocated to Greece about 30 years ago for a greener pasture.
Giannis and his 3 siblings were all given birth to in Greece. The name "Antetokounmpo" became Giannis surname after it was wrongly spelt on his Greek passport instead of his original surname "Adetokunbo".
“I grew up in a Nigerian home,” Giannis said. “Obviously, I was born in Greece and went to school in Greece. But at the end of the day when I go home, there is no Greek culture. It’s straight-up Nigerian culture. It’s about discipline, it’s about respecting your elders, having morals.”
Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon AKA the dream acknowledged that himself and Giannis are Yoruba.
“I know from his last name that we are from the same tribe, the Yoruba tribe. His last name, which in Yoruba is spelled Adetokunbo, means ‘the crown has returned from overseas,’ ” Olajuwon said.
“I want to see where my family comes from, where my mom was raised, see my family, see where my dad was raised. That is very important. I hope my kids can do the same thing for me,” Giannis said.
With the Bucks owning the best record in the NBA, Giannis appears to be the front-runner for the 2019 NBA MVP award, competing against the likes of the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Giannis is averaging 27.1 points, 12.6 rebounds and six assists and led the Eastern Conference in All-Star votes.
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