Eric Manu is no typical landscaper in Canada. He comes from Ghana, but this is not what makes him extraordinary. He is the King of his tribe, and yet he works very hard in small Canadian city near Vancouver.
His willingness to do laborous physical work to help his community and raise funds to improve their lives make him the an excellent King for his people.
He moved to Canada in 2012, after getting married to a Canadian woman, and started working for Susan Watson as a gardener and a landscaper.
Four years later he received a phone call that changed his life forever – Eric was told he had inherited the “crown” after his uncle, who had held the title, had passed away.
Manu returned to Ghana for the coronation and to meet the people of the Akan tribe in the village of Adansi Aboabo No. 2, in southern Ghana.
The high position came with huge responsibilities, but the new chief embraced it with pleasure and pride.
I feel like I am for the people and I'm accountable and responsible and they look up to me. I feel more mature. It gives me a broadened idea and mind to think far and accept people, irrespective of who they are. Either young or old, physically challenged or able. Everybody.
The condition of the village was poor, as it didn’t even have a doctor, only a few nurses. Among the issues that had to be solved were essential needs, such as electricity and water supply.
That’s when Eric Manu decided to come back to Canada to earn money for his tribe. The humble King said, he is proud of who he is!
Sometimes we go to the (job) site and they say, ‘You are the chief. I saw you on TV. Why are you doing the landscaping? This is humbleness you understand. Anytime I’m in Canada, I’m proud to work for my boss.
His boss, Susan Watson, helped Manu create the To The Moon And Back Foundation, which collects donations and money to send to Ghanaian people.
After seeing the quality of life in Canada, Manu dreams of improving life for the Akan tribe. Determined and enthusiastic, he shares: “I really want my home, my village, to be 'Second Canada.”