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Sports: Saka explains Yoruba meaning of grandma-given name...Nigeria fans aren't impressed

 Sports: Saka explains Yoruba meaning of grandma-given name...Nigeria fans aren't impressed 



Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has explained the origin behind his name which means joy in Yoruba and revealed that it was grandmother who named him when he was born.


The England international, who was born to Nigerian parents in the United Kingdom, shared the information in a recent interview with GQ magazine. 


“My grandma gave [the name] to me because of its meaning,” he began. “It means ‘God has added joy to my life.’


“She wanted me to add joy to the family, so she named me that. Every time she called me, that’s probably what I meant to her.”


Saka was the subject of speculation a few years ago when Nigeria reportedly tried to persuade him to commit his international future to the Super Eagles. 

 instead, he opted to turn out for england and while he remains close to his nigerian heritage, some eagles fans appear not to have entirely forgiven him for his decision not to represent the west african giants.


“forget about him until he switches and comes back to his fatherland because this shows he has nothing to do with nigeria or maybe nigeria has no value in his eyes,” said abdullahi muhammad on facebook, in response to saka’s comments about his yoruba name.


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