One never chooses celebrity life; it chooses you. Especially when you are a child of famous parents, it is hard to deflect the media’s eyes.
While it can be fulfilling, sometimes having your private life invaded can be an equally painful experience as well. Similarly, Dirk Nowitzki, a star basketball player, faced such consequences when he married the love of his life.
Though the controversy surrounding them has dimmed down with time, we cannot say for sure if it has gone for good.
Today, we will be focusing more on Malaika’s life, the only daughter of the star player, and tidbits about her family as well.
And what better to start than with some facts right below.
Malaika Nowitzki: Quick Facts
|Full Name:||Malaika Nowitzki|
|Age:||8 years old (as of July 2021)|
|Birth Date:||July 2013|
|Place of Birth:||The United States of America|
|Nationality and Religion||American, Christian|
|Father’s Name:||Dirk Nowitzki|
|Mother’s Name:||Jessica Olsson|
|Siblings:||Max Nowitzki and Morris Nowitzki|
|Merch||Dirk Nowitzki Autographed photo|
|Last Update||August, 2022|
Does Dirk Nowitzki Have A Child?- Short Bio
The celebrity child, Malaika Nowitzki, was born to her star father, Dirk Nowitzki, and mother, Jessica Olsson.
As we know, Malaika’s father is regarded as the most significant power forward and all-time greatest European basketball player to ever enter the court.
Likewise, Malaika is an American citizen who belongs to mixed ethnicity i.e., German from her father’s side and Kenyan from her mother’s side.
Along with her parents, young Malaika also grew up with two siblings. She has two younger brothers, Max Nowitzki, born in 2014, and Morris Nowitzki, in 2016. Not to mention, she is the only daughter of the superstar Dirk.
Age and Height- How Old Is Malaika Nowitzki?
Malaika Nowitzki, the eldest child of Dirk, is just eight years old as of now. She was born in July of 2013, and her zodiac sign is supposed to be Cancer.
And people of this sign are known to be emotional, sympathetic, and hard-working at the same time.
Though we have yet to see any of these traits as the child is not exposed much in the media, we are sure Malaika possesses all those.
Likewise, she is a beautiful girl who is still growing under her parents’ care and nurtures. Malaika has quite active for her age and will continue to grow in the coming days as well. Also, she has long black hair and stunning black eyes.
How Much Is Dirk Worth?- Net Worth And Income
Malaika, still a child, is far from working and earning some bucks on her own. As of now, she is studying and learning things as she grows. But there is no doubt that Nowitzki is living a lavish life thanks to her star father’s success.
Talking about him, Dirk Nowitzki has an estimated net worth of $140 million. The former basketball player played 21 years for Dallas Mavericks, contributing more to his earnings.
Though he ended his career with a high net worth, Dirk was known for taking discounted contracts throughout his career.
Moreover, Malaika signed a 3-year extension in 2006 for $59 million that would have got him $158 million if he took a six-year contract two years later in 2008.
All in all, if he had not taken the discounted contract, then he would have finished his carer with $446 million in earnings, $194 million more than his actual career earnings of $252 million.
Real Estate and Mansion
A genuine and kind-hearted Dirk, who is a beast on the court, knew better than to splurge his earnings in meaningless purchases. Instead, he bought a $5.75 million worth mansion in 2019.
Not to mention, the house previously belonged to the late billionaire Charles Wyly. In 2010, he was targeted by the IRS after hiding around $500 million in offshore, tax-free accounts.
Moreover, the 11,000 square-foot mansion lies in the North Dallas neighborhood of person Hollow, also home to other prominent world figures like ex-president George W. Bush and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Dirk Nowitzki Opens Up About His Interracial Marriage
Malaika is too young to know anything about marriage and to start any relationship. But her parent’s marriage is one of the most talked-about relationships in sports history, which also stirred specific controversy with it.
If you are a basketball fan, then Nowitzki is the name one must not forget. The all-time leading scorer of the Mav’s, Dirk is also the 2007 NBA MVP, 2011 NBA Finals MVP, and a two-time FIBA Europe Player of the Year.
Basketball not only imprinted his name in the world but also helped him find the love of his life.
Many might not know this, but the two met at a charity event for the Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEED) Project on a snowy night that took place in February 2010.
Likewise, the Senegal-based nonprofit used basketball as a platform to engage their youths in academic, athletic, and leadership programs.
In that charity event, not only Dirk was tricked into making a significant donation in exchange for a Rolando Diaz painting, but he also agreed to go on two dates.
But even before that, Dirk had set his eyes on Jessica Olsson. Formerly from Nanyuki, Kenya, Jessica, now known as Jessica Nowitzki, is the daughter of a Kenyan mother and Swedish father.
Though Nowitzki came from Wurzburg, Germany, a town that lacked black or any African residents, the racial differences never mattered to the basketball star. Talking about his initial attraction for Jessica, Dirk said,
“What made her so special? What made me fall in love with her? First of all, she’s got to be attractive. That’s obviously part of it. And I think we just clicked intellectually. She likes art, she likes sports. Her brothers both played soccer, they were professional.”
Despite both of them having no issue about their races, the media just was not having it. As predicted, it became a huge issue in public.
Controversy And Blacklash From Media
Amidst the chaos in media, Dirk and Jessica continued dating each other. A year later, on July 13, 2011, the couple confirmed their relationship and made the first big public appearance at the ESPYS awards, arms-in-arms together.
But what stirred the media was not their appearance rather the kiss they shared after Dirk won ‘Best Male Athlete’ and ‘Best NBA Player’ awards.
Soon Twitter went mayhem with that while it mostly was of shock; some certainly did carry a punch. The PostGame.com even came with a story with the headline reading “Dirk Nowitzki’s Kiss Heard Round Twitter.”
And, of course, it reached Dirk too. In response, Dirk calmly said,
“Honestly, this is the first I am seeing a lot of these tweets. That was a crazy time for me with the championships and The ESPYS and I’m glad I got to spend it with Jessica.”
To this, he also added how the NBA award winner never heard of the racial comments himself.
“Nobody actually approached me with it. Everybody that’s met my wife has said she’s great with me. So I haven’t heard any of that to my face. I’m sure there are some people that think of it to themselves. But I’ve never heard of it to my face.”
No matter what the public had to say, Dirk never lost sight of himself and stuck to Jessica, for he loved her dearly.
Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki Tied The Knot A Year Later
A year after the Twitter incident, Dirk and Jessica tied the knot in an intimate ceremony. The marriage was done in both Germany and Kenya, held in traditional services.
Similarly, in Kenya, they had a Kikuyu wedding where the community learns about the daughter’s engagement. Then relatives from both sides intermingle as it concludes with a “ruracio,” aka dowry payment discussion.
As per the tradition, the bride wore a traditional Kikuyu garment while the groom wore a dark brown outfit with orange hues. Not to mention, it was a new experience for both of them.
There was no need for Olsson to worry about as Dirk, an open-spirited yet comical German-born, danced to the African music, easing the atmosphere.
“Her mom threw a wedding party and that’s where some of those photos came from where I had the outfit on with a hat on. It was a special experience. I’ve never, obviously, been a part of anything like that, the dances, the whole experience, the tradition of a wedding down there.”
However, the encounter with a helpless goat did surprise Dirk a lot. Goats, honey, cows, etc., are used as a payment of a dowry in an old African tradition, demonstrating the groom’s status.
“What I’m trying to do now with my kids is raise them with love.” Dirk Nowitzki
Already on their eighth anniversary, the couple is not the parent of three beautiful children. Apart from their required education, Dirk also wants his children to know about their heritage, both from Germany and Kenya.
It is also the reason why the former basketball player takes his children to Kenya from time to time. He thinks the best way to learn about culture and heritage is through family bonding.
But one thing he also wants his children to teach is about racial and social justice. Moreover, it was the first thing that crossed his mind even before his retirement. Dirk knows the consequences his boys would face being black in America.
“That’s a little scary to every parent. You’re just trying to educate your kids so eventually if they do find themselves in a situation, they can take themselves out of it or make the right decisions, make the right reads…”
Though he loves his kids to boots, Dirk is a tough parent when needed. However, he strays away from using a belt to discipline, the tactic Nowitzki’s father used on him. Instead, he instills discipline and respect with his kids with love.
“What I’m trying to do now with my kids is raise them with love. So they got to show you authority, got to show some respect. Not anything goes. That’s not how it works around here.”
It looks like Malaika Nowitzki and her siblings are growing under the right guidance and parents.