Emmanual “Manny” Ohonme


Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme is the Founder and President of Samaritan’s Feet Internatonal, Founder and President of Barefoot Legacies Group, acclaimed author of Sole Purpose, and sought-afer, inspiring speaker and story-teller.

Manny was born in Lagos, Nigeria. At the age of nine, he received his first pair of shoes from a “Good
Samaritan.” Those shoes became a symbol of hope to Manny and a catalyst to his love for basketball.
Manny earned a scholarship to play basketball in the United States and later began a career the
technology industry. But Manny never forgot the children of his homeland or the “Good Samaritan” that
encouraged him to believe in his dreams.

In 2003, Manny and his wife, Tracie, founded Samaritan’s Feet Interna;onal, a non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization, with the purpose of sharing hope with those in need by washing their feet, giving them a
new pair of shoes, and helping them believe that dreams can come true. To date, more than 5 million
pairs of shoes have been distributed to needy children throughout the world and United States.
Manny is proof that, if you dream, and dream big, you can achieve your goals.

He has presented inspira;onal messages around the world including at the Catalyst conference, the
National Justice Conference, TEDxCharlotte, religious and educational establishments, professional
athletic associations, numerous shoes distributions, and before country and corporation leaders.
Manny and his wife reside in Charlotte, North Carolina with their four children Nike, Dele, Yemi, and