10 Minutes With Manni
Emmanuel Ovola (aka Manni) is a Nike running coach, founder of Cultural Health, London Select running team as well as a self employed physiotherapist. We're not sure we can keep up with all Manni does... but we can try.
Stoked that Manni could join us for 10 Minutes to chat all things beer, fashion and words to live by. Enjoy readers!
So first question, which one do you prefer the pale ale or the lager?
Pale Ale. It reminds me of something called Supermalt. I just liked the strong taste. The malt.
Okay. So next question. Who would you love to have a beer with dead or alive?
Zinedine Zidane - he’s my favourite footballer of all time. He’s just an absolute don.
On a more intellectual note - and I’m gonna give a couple of answers here - Einstein would have been real fun to talk to. I don’t think he would have had a consistent thread… I just think the conversation would unravel and be unreal. I also think MLK would be perfect to have a beer with. Basically, I think this should be vibey and we should invite loads of people!
Okay, third one, you've just become the landlord of a pub. It's your pub, your rules. What's the first rule you'll put into place?
I think there should be more Happy Hours at different times. Like a happy hour at 10am, bringing in the vibes early in the day. Oh, and there should also be a bag drop for runners. So people can get their endorphins in the morning running, come back and have an alcohol free beer at 10am at happy hour.
You’ve got the social aspect and health aspect in one. Boom.
So, it’s still your pub. It's Friday night or 10am whichever you prefer. What's on the jukebox?
So there's there's a genre of music called Amapiano from South Africa. I’d start with that and then I’d move on to some Sango who is like an instrumentalist DJ and then you’ve got to play a little bit of old school R&B.
Switching careers, you're now a high fashion designer. What trend are you bringing back?
I'm bringing back mink coats in the summer. Like a pink mink coat. And then Mace used to wear latex like tracksuits like those shiny white tracksuits. I'm not bringing back those baggy jeans though. Those things are wild... Also leather jackets.
A slightly more deep question, what is a quote or mantra that you try to live your life by?
If not you then who?” People always think “oh I can’t do it” but if not you then who's going to do it?
Okay, so carrying on the trend of deep questions. Pork scratchings or lentil? Crisps?
Lentil crisps. 100%.
What is the least important thing that's very important to you right now?
I guess my footwear collection, mainly my trainer collection. So there's 24 boxes up to the ceiling. There's two shoes in each box. And then there's shoes in front of those… it’s not great. But dayum I love them. I’ve definitely got more than 150 pairs.
What is your go to activity when you need to get some kind of headspace?
I like to make playlists, listening to jazz. Research. I like to research black culture and philosophical literature. Yeah I'm a big fan of philosophies and using philosophies to create behaviour change
This isn’t really a question but a bit of a challenge to you. We ask all of our guests to do something that they've never done before in the next 24 hours. We want to know what do you want to do with your day?
I want to know what you want to do in the next 24 hours.
Hmm I think I'm going take a french lesson. I really want to learn french so let’s do that!
There you have it friends. 10 questions in 10 minutes. Thanks to Manni for sharing a beer as well as some golden insights.
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