Emmanuel by Rosa Verde

Filathlitikos BC is a small basketball club in Athens that became worldwide famous for giving sudden birth not only to an NBA player but to a new Greek citizen everyone is very proud of: Giannis Antetokounmpo.

His success, coming from where he came from, immigration, paperless, poverty, Zografou, Filathlitikos…, is unique and very unlikely to ever happen again. Not surprisingly, he appeared in the the sports headlines all around the world.

But don’t be mistaken, what makes his story special, is his 15th place in the 2013 NBA Draft at the early age of 18, straight from Filathlitikos BC and not having ever played first division. Everything else around it, is not as unique as we would hope it to be.

Emmanuel was born in Greece 15 years ago from Nigerians parents. He knows where he was born but he has no official nationality. Just another kid who, like Antetokounmpo, hopes to prove the world not only his basketball skills but also why he is a first class citizens of the only country he has ever stepped on.




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