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“I like being freak, a Greek freak. But I’m also a Nigerian freak.” — Giannis Antetokounmpo opens up about his thoughts on the ‘Greek Freak’ nickname

Giannis Antetokounmpo's "Najia Odyssey" is an effort to showcase his Nigerian roots
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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."

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