Manny is an Event Planner/Creative Director from Ghana but he resides in The Bronx. He has been planning events since High School and knew it was his calling from early on. After graduating from college with a degree in Political Science, he decided to take it seriously. Manny’s Afro-Caribbean events are 10+ years old and attract people from all across the nation and from overseas. He recently launched his women’s accessories line, For the Culture, in which a portion of the proceeds go to his mother’s primary school in Ghana, The Blessed Mary.
On September 26, the Current-Situation team visited Manny to learn more about life as an event planner, For The Culture, and what he has coming up next.
1. Why is this your passion?
My passion as an event planner has always been to create an experience that will keep clients coming for a lifetime because ot the impact its had on the community as a whole.
2. How do you feel about today’s party scene?
The state of my profession is at a perfect place especially with my strong involvement with the afrobeats scene, a genre of music that is gradually making a stamp in the United States.
3. Who/What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from being a dreamer, being told that i couldnt do it, my mother, family and most importantly God guiding me to accomplish great things.
4. What makes you different from other event planners?
My difference from other event planners is my creativity and presentation that has been emulated by others.
5. What do you think 40-year-old Manny will be doing?
40 year old me will have a talk show, brand ambassador, developing artists and talent and producing major concerts.
6. What advice would you give other event planners?
It’s not going to be easy. Dont give up even when it seems like things are crumbling. Every failure or mistake is just a lesson learned.
7. What motivates you when the chips are down?
I’ve been down before and work hard never to be in that place again. My motivation through experience is proving those who dont believe in what I’m doing/ my profession that you can truly be a success with persistance and perseverance.
8. What are your proudest accomplishments?
Being one of the leaders to help introduce a genre of music and a culture that has been under raps for years. The events Ive been able to do that have brought well over 2 thousand people and opening up my ecommerce website fortheculture.shop
9. Do you have any hobbies?
Watching movies, ping pong, food.
10. If you weren’t an event planner, what would you be doing?
Well I majored in political science and minored in history so I would either be a teacher or some adventurer like Indiana Jones looking for some long lost treasures.
11. Anything coming up we should look out for?
Fortheculture.shop, afrocaribbean atlantic city, Ghanamade2k18 and more.