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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP win is the new Nigerian dream

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was teary during his speech after he was named the 2018/2019 NBA’s Most Valuable Player at the Barker Hanger on Monday, June 24. He tried to stop crying but the stream of tears poured when he paid tribute to his late dad. 
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Obviously my dad is not here with me…” Antetokounmpo said of his father, Charles, who died in 2017 at the age of 54. “Two years ago I had to go in my head that I’m going to be the best player in the league, that I’m going to do whatever it takes to help my team win and that I’m going to win the MVP and every day that I step on the floor I always think about my dad.” 
Giannis Antetokounmpo's parents Charles and Veronica Adetokunbo (Instagram/Giannis Antetokounmpo)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s parents Charles and Veronica Adetokunbo (Instagram/Giannis Antetokounmpo)


Let’s go back a little bit. 
In the search for a better life for him and his family, Charles Adetokunbo and his wife Veronica left Lagos in 1993 to settle in Athens, Greece. Leaving behind their only son at that time, the couple went on to have three more boys including the latest MVP in Athens. 
It was in the Sepolia neighbourhood of Athens that Giannis grew up with his family and the story of those early days are far from glossy. While his parents struggled to find work in Athens, Giannis and his brothers helped out by hawking on the streets. 
Giannis Antetokounmpo with his brothers, mum and girlfriend (USA Today Sports)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo with his brothers, mum and girlfriend (USA Today Sports)


Amidst the struggles, Giannis and his brothers found solace in basketball and with the support of their parents, they pursued a dream that came into fruition on Monday night that saw the ‘Greek Freak’ become a bonafide NBA star. 
It was this dream that spurred Charles and Veronica to leave Lagos, Nigeria to settle in Athens, Greece and while basketball is not the sought-after sport in Nigeria, Giannis’ big night on Monday is a popular aspiration that is driving thousands of middle-class Nigerians out of the country. 
Giannis’ MVP win is a dream that can be actualised in any country where Nigerians believe their children will get access to the best education and structure and in every sphere of life. In medicine, sports, arts, thousands of Nigerians are emigrating through a mix of avenues to see their children get their own MVP awards. 

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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