Giannis Antetokounmpo

Antetokounmpo in 2014, photo by Keith Allison

Birth Name: Gianni Sina Ugo Antetokounmpo/Adetokunbo

Place of Birth: Athens, Greece

Date of Birth: 6 December, 1994

Ethnicity: Nigerian [Yoruba, Igbo]

Giannis Antetokounmpo, known as the “Greek Freak,” is a Greek professional basketball player. He plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Giannis was born in Athens, to Nigerian parents, Veronica and Charles, from Lagos. His father was Yoruba and his mother is Igbo. He holds Greek citizenship, which he attained in 2013, and Nigerian citizenship, which he obtained in 2015. He was legally stateless before that, as Greece does not have birthright citizenship. Giannis has represented Greece internationally. His Nigerian name is Ougko. His surname Antetokounmpo means “the crown has returned from overseas.”

Antetokounmpo stands at 6 feet and 11 inches. His father was a professional soccer player and his mother was a competitive high jumper.

He is a sibling of professional basketball players Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Kostas Antetokounmpo, and Alex Antetokounmpo.

Giannis has been baptized in the Greek Orthodox Church. He has a son with his partner Mariah Riddlesprigger.


Curious about ethnicity

2 Responses

  1. Akwaba says:

    His name is originally spelled Adetokunbo in Yoruba.

  2. bablah says:

    Yoruba father, Igbo mother

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