Kamaru Usman Designates Giannis Antetokounmpo as the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ in Basketball

…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media. Former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has proclaimed that Greek-Nigerian basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo deserves to be recognized as the “Nigerian Nightmare” in the world of basketball.


Usman, an American-Nigerian professional mixed martial artist, bestowed the moniker upon the 36-year-old Milwaukee Bucks player during an episode of the Thanalysis podcast.

The Meaning of the “Nigerian Nightmare” Label:

Usman, widely regarded as one of the toughest opponents in the UFC welterweight division, took the opportunity to explain the significance of being honored with the moniker.

According to Usman, Nigerians have contributed significant talent to various international sports and industries.


The nickname “Nigerian Nightmare” has historically been associated with the most renowned Nigerian athletes, signifying excellence.

Exemplifying Excellence in Sports:

Usman elaborated that the nickname has been a part of his life since childhood and represents a symbol of excellence.

He clarified that the title is not exclusive to him, citing other athletes of Nigerian descent who have carried the moniker.

Usman mentioned Christian Okoye, an American football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Samuel Peter, the former WBC Heavyweight Champion of the world, as previous bearers of the “Nigerian Nightmare” title.

Giannis Antetokounmpo as the “Nigerian Nightmare”:

Although Antetokounmpo, born to Nigerian parents, chose to represent the Greek basketball team and is commonly referred to as the “Greek Freak,” Usman insisted that he deserves to be recognized as the “Nigerian Nightmare.”


Usman emphasized that the label is one to be embraced and cherished, stating that if Antetokounmpo had not embarked on his journey and achieved his current success, he would undoubtedly hold the title of the “Nigerian Nightmare” in basketball.

Usman’s Assertion of Antetokounmpo’s Status:

Usman firmly stated, “Giannis is the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ in basketball right now.”

Despite Antetokounmpo’s association with Greece and his nickname as the “Greek Freak,” Usman believes that his accomplishments and talent warrant the recognition and acceptance of the “Nigerian Nightmare” label.


Kamaru Usman, a former welterweight champion, has hailed Giannis Antetokounmpo as the “Nigerian Nightmare” in basketball, emphasizing the significance of the nickname and its association with excellence.

While Antetokounmpo represents Greece in the sport, Usman contends that his achievements warrant the acknowledgment of his Nigerian heritage and the iconic title that accompanies it.


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