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Emmanuel's Heart

Black History Month Student Stories: "...we all have a heart to make a difference and to learn from one another."

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Emmanuel, a first generation Nigerian born and raised in Hackney. I am a 2nd year ordinand and I was a personal trainer for 10 years and represented both Hackney and London in Football and Athletics.

What is your favourite food?

Pounded yam and Egusi or Duck fried rice

What is your favourite quote?

“Excuses sound best to those who make them” and “You will grow through what you go through”.

Why did you choose to train for ordination at St Mellitus College?

I love the people and the vibe in addition to it being a part of the bible college that HTB founded. I am studying a BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission.

What difference has the College made in your life and in your relationship with God so far?

It made me appreciate the love of God in my life and how I can impact others with it.

What tips or advice do you have for a prospective student?

Enjoy the curiosity that comes with learning and make new friends!

Who are your Black History role models?

TD Jakes because through his careful articulation and compassion he has changed so many people’s lives.

Can you share a personal experience or accomplishment related to Black history that has been particularly meaningful to you?

One of my biggest achievements is starting my Social Enterprise with The Prince’s Trust called CLAN Wellbeing. CLAN stands for Courageous, Lion-Hearted, Ambitious, Nation. It aims to change the narrative of people’s mental health through everyday experiences.

How do you believe your education and future ministry plans can play a role in promoting Black history awareness and equality in the church or outside the church in ministry?

The main thing is to understand that we all have a heart to make a difference and to learn from one another. Having this allows us to grow with compassion to help empower others to use their gifting to make a difference despite the odds you came from. Being a hope and an example to those who need it.

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