Giannis Antetokounmpo's short film with WhatsApp has turned all heads in his direction, given that there's a lot to learn about his origins. His parents moved from Lagos, Nigeria, in 1991, in search of a better life for their family – which was highlighted in 'The Rise' – Giannis' recent movie with Disney+.
However, the new short film 'Naija Odyssey' explores the family's roots and heritage. The short film is an effort from the Milwaukee Bucks star to make people understand that he's both Greek and Nigerian.
"You know, I was born and raised in Greece, understand the culture, speak the language. I know the history," Giannis said in an interview with ESPN's Malika Andrews. "But at the end of the day, I know exactly the same things about the Nigerian culture, and I'm not just one thing."
Giannis' initial thoughts on being called 'Greek Freak.'
Although Giannis Antetokounmpo's growth in the NBA had a steep curve, he's now a two-time MVP and has won an NBA title too. His build, strength, and ability to go about his business with ease earned him the nickname 'The Greek Freak.'
Giannis shared that he and his family were left wondering when he first heard the nickname, but as the meaning of it came to light – he could live with it.
"The first time I saw it, I kinda felt that way. But then I understand why, you know, because I do things a lot of people cannot do out there… I like being freak, a Greek freak. But I'm also a Nigerian freak," Giannis said.
Antetokounmpo enjoyed himself at the premier release of Nadia Odyssey
Nadia Odyssey premiered on Wednesday, 21st September, and Giannis Antetokounmpo was ecstatic. He posted a video of himself breaking into a Nigerian traditional dance at the premier as a tribute to his roots.
The short film brings to light the difficulties his family faced growing up. He was born in Greece to Nigerian immigrants but enjoyed the privilege of learning about both cultures – something he wants to ensure his kids get.