Eric Manu moved from Ghana to British Columbia in 2012 after marrying a Canadian woman he'd met at home, and he began to work as a landscaper. But his uncle, who had served as chief of their tribe, died a few years ago at age 67, and Manu was next in line to lead his people. So he returned to the village of Adansi Aboabo No. 2 in southern Ghana last year to be crowned the chief of the Akan tribe, where he leads 6,000 people, reports CTV News.
Now Manu is back in Canada for a few months to continue his work landscaping—and says he is "proud to work for my boss" and that "this is humbleness, you understand." He's also raising money to improve conditions for his people, who are currently served by a single medical clinic with a few nurses. Manu and his landscaping boss have started a foundation called To the Moon and Back to send medical and school supplies to Ghana, and they are raising money for a second shipment. Manu tells the CBC that since being crowned he is a "totally changed person" who wants to "think far and accept people, irrespective of who they are. Either young or old, physically challenged or able. Everybody." (Manu and his wife have a toddler and plan to split their time between homes.)