TEDxCharlotte - Manny Ohonme
The vision for Samaritan’s Feet was conceived over 28 years ago on one hot summer afternoon at a camp in Lagos, Nigeria when a stranger from Wisconsin befriended a young African boy. The young boy, like so many other children in Africa and around the world, had never known the comfort and security of owning a pair of tennis shoes. This “Good Samaritan” gave a life-changing gift and a message of hope to that 9-year old boy. He gave him his first pair of shoes. With that new pair of shoes for inspiration, Manny Ohonme went on to compete in sports activities in Africa. Specifically, he developed a love as well as superior talent for competitive basketball.
His skill and confidence continued to flourish; his hard work and determination to succeed finally paid off. He was offered the chance to attend an institution of higher learning in America under a full basketball scholarship! He met his wife, Tracie, while attending the University of North Dakota (Lake Region) and he later earned an executive position in a leading technology company. In spite of his successes in America, Manny never forgot the other little boys and girls in Africa who were still living under the strain of poverty, drug abuse, war, gangs and other criminal activity. Determined to help impoverished people in Africa, Manny left the comfort and security of his executive position to birth the vision of Samaritan’s Feet.
Manny is happily married to Tracie, his wife of seventeen years. They now reside in Charlotte, North Carolina with their four children Nike, Dele, Yemi, and Wale. Together, they are working to make the vision of Samaritan’s Feet to put 10 million pairs of shoes on the feet of 10 million orphans and impoverished children in this country and around the world a reality. Through Samaritan’s Feet, Manny has the opportunity to continue the legacy of love and hope he received when he was given his first pair of shoes and make a difference in the lives of millions.
As one of America's top motivational and inspirational speakers, Manny Ohonme is an exceptional award winning MOTIVATOR, IGNITOR, and CONNETOR. He has over 20 years of Technology, Logistics, Philanthropy, and Sports marketing experience with results-oriented Market Development, Product Conceptualization, and Social Entrepreneurship expertise that has impacted millions of people across the globe.
Manny can masterfully delivered a wide range of topics with high energy, tasteful humor, and purpose-driven motivation…From ATTITUDE change, to effective SALES techniques; to LEADERSHIP training; and more. As a powerful corporate culture speaker Manny have addressed thousands of people live and millions on the airwaves, ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to national associations to universities, heads of state, and nonprofits. He gets results and shares his talents across the globe. Sharing his philosophy on WINNING, LEADERSHIP, and PERSONAL GROWTH, Manny gives audiences a fresh perspective on change and how to manage the shifting dynamics of a team. A former college basketball player and a life coach, Manny offers a life plan and discusses how to bring out the winner in each of us.
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Motivation: what is it and how do we maintain it?
Attitudes – create a winning attitude
Defining, Exploring and Creating Success: As a company. As individuals.
Exploring the Principles and Mechanics of Positive Change
Leadership - in business, in life
Developing our Opportunity Consciousness
Winning Sales Techniques
Director of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club
Manny's charisma, infectious personality, and giving heart are as large as the number of people he is touching around the world through his Samaritan's Feet International. Our audience was truly touched and actually made the commitment that morning, after his inspirational presentation, to host events in Memphis. We have already hosted two, washing the feet and providing new socks and shoes to over 600 kids in our community. Manny is a catalyst that can light up a room and set fire to hearts, creating a movement! He is a perfect example of how one person can lead by example and start a movement that touches millions by acting locally yet thinking globally.
Clarke D. Allen
Having devoted much of his life to the causes of philanthropy, Manny’s vibrant spirit and giving heart are an inspiration to all those blessed enough to know him. He is a leader of change, communicating his passions and good doings to those around him while simultaneously encouraging others to share his cross. Without Manny, Samaritan’s Feet International would be without one of its greatest advocates and champions. I continue to be impressed with his gift to communicate his passion and love and with his ability to transform and ignite others in the room.
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