Kingship is normally associated with riches, luxury and living a comfortable life. However, for HRM Eric Manu, it is a role that has seen him travel beyond the shores of Ghana in a bid to give his people a better living.
HRM Manu is currently the king of a village in Adansi Aboabo in the Ashanti region of Ghana. He had been working as a gardener in Canada before being enstooled a king.
But instead of staying in Ghana to enjoy his new role, he prefers to return to Canada to continue working as a gardener.
He explains that his decision is borne out of the fact that his people lack many facilities and that he wants to work in order to be able to support them.
According to him, the poor healthcare system available to his system is one area he hopes to improve with his earnings from being a gardener far away in North America.
Manu told CTV News: “It’s a huge experience. You have to embrace it with passion. It’s something of my heritage, my culture, and traditions.”
He added that many people tend to have doubts when they learn that he is a king and a gardener at the same time.
However, Manu insists he has never been shy about the kind of work he does and is rather proud of his exploits so far.
“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 humility; you understand? Anytime I’m in Canada, I’m proud to work for my boss.”
In 2016 Manu and his boss Ms. Susan Watson donated a number of goods, including clothing medical supplies and laptops to the people of his village in a bid to improve their living conditions.
And his Canadian boss perfectly understands why Manu is still continuing as a gardener despite being crown king of his village.
“They’re beautiful inside and out and they have absolutely nothing. And you (Manu) came home here and most of us are miserable and we want something more,” she said, adding that “the whole village was quite poor. The clinic only has a midwife and a few nurses. There was no doctor on site.”
Manu was enstooled as king of his village following the demise of his 67-year-old uncle in 2016.
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