Eric Manu, A Ghanaian man who has been living in Canada, has gone back to his day job as a landscaper in Canada after coming back to Ghana to be crowned chief of the Adansi Aboabo II village in the Ashanti region.
Following his uncle's death Eric Manu was chosen to become chief of the his people in Adansi Aboabo II in the Ashanti region. Something that Eric, a 33 year old man, least expected to happen.
“I see myself to be me but when I go to Ghana, I have a big role to play and I’m totally different when I’m in that country,” said Manu, “But when I come here, I still have to be who I am.”
Knowing what the people in his village needed and not wanting to come empty-handed, began collecting supplies, clothes, shoes, and donated books from the community and from his landscaping clients. He established the To The Moon And Back Foundation and shipped a large container of full of donations ahead of him and Watson's visit in January 2015.
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“I think it was a big surprise for people back home in Ghana, and also the Ghanaian community in Canada and United States, and even the U.K., for a young African man to be talked about in news all over the world concerning his trip back home to be taking on such a big responsibility at his age, to be chief of this tribe,” he said.
The couple's story caught the attention of people around the world, so much so that donations began to stream in from all corner of the globe including countries like Korea, the United States, Canada, and certain parts of Europe.
"It just amazes me that our little story goes that far,” Watson said.
Fully committed to his new role, Eric Manu has enrolled in an online social work course and steadily endeavors to improve his English. He hopes to improve relations between his home village and the international community, and a self-sufficient and sustainable tourism economy in southern Ghana.