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Greek-Nigerian NBA Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Named 2019 All-Star Game Captain

He'll face-off with LeBron James as head of this year's Eastern Conference team.

The 2019 NBA All-Star games are right around the corner, and all eyes will be on Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who's just been chosen as this year's team captain for the East.

Greek-born, Nigerian player has been selected to head the team through a three-pronged voting process, and will face off with NBA giant, LeBron James who will head the West coast team. The Western Conference won last year's game with James as captain.

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According to NBA.com, Antetokounmpo received the most player votes and the second most fan votes, and tied in second place for media votes. He received the most votes of any Easter Conference player—automatically earning him the role of captain for the East.

This will make him the first Bucks player in history to appear in 3 consecutive All-Star Games.

"Being named a starter and captain for the All-Star Game is a tremendous honor for Giannis as he continues to assert himself as one of the premier players in the NBA," said Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. "Giannis has an incredible work ethic and is a leader for the team on and off the court. We are thrilled that he has been deservedly recognized again as one of the league's All-Stars," he added.

The 24-year-old athlete, who began his basketball career playing for national Greek leagues, signed to the Bucks during the 2013-14 season, after being selected as a first-round draft pick. He represented Nigerian in the first-ever NBA Africa Game back in 2015.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Games will go down in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 17.

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The 20 Best Nigerian Songs of 2019

Featuring Burna Boy, Rema, Tiwa Savage, Zlatan, Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Teni, Davido, Lady Donli and many more.

2019 was another huge year for Nigerian music.

Zlatan's presence was ubiquitous and powered by the zeal for zanku, a dance which is now de rigueur. Rema led the charge for a group of young breakthrough artists that include Fireboy DML and Joeboy. They all represent an exciting crop of talents that point the way forward for Nigerian pop.

Burna Boy's new dominance, built around his excellent African Giant album, delivered on his rare talents, while the long wait for Davido's sophomore album, A Good Time, paid off in satisfying fashion. Simi's Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1 announced her departure from her longterm label. Tiwa Savage also made a highly-discussed move from Mavin Records to Universal Music Group. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade exuded female strength with her latest record, Woman of Steel.

Not to be left out, Wizkid sated demands for his fourth album with a new collaborative EP following a year of stellar features that included his presence on Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift, an album which also boasts Tekno, Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage. Mr Eazi also notably launched his emPawa initiative to help fund Africa's promising up-and-coming artists.

Asa returned in a formidable form with Lucid, while buzzing artists like Tay Iwar, Santi, and Lady Donli all shared notable releases. Lastly, the beef between Vector and M.I climaxed and sparked a resurgence of Nigerian rap releases from Phyno to Ycee, PsychoYP and more.

Read on for the best Nigerian songs of 2019. Listed in no particular order. —Sabo Kpade

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Speaking at the Aswan Forum in Egypt, President Muhammadu Buhari said that as of January 2020, fellow Africans will instead be issued with visas upon their arrival in Nigeria.

According to Sahara Reporters, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has announced at the Aswan Forum in Egypt that fellow Africans will no longer require a visa to enter Nigeria.

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The British-Ghanaian grime star has dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album featuring YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

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Watch Zozibini Tunzi's Interview on 'Sway In The Morning'

The newly-crowned Miss Universe says that "if we start instilling leadership in young girls, then they grow up to be the leaders we need in the future."

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