Emmanuel was raised by his great-grandparents in Buchanan. At the age of 7 he was sent to live with his grandparents on the Pillar of Fire Mission in Rivercess to start attending school. Three years later war broke out and he was forced to escape from the mission and travel back to Buchanan on the ocean in a small canoe. He was unable to attend school during the 14-years of conflict. After the war he managed to hold small jobs and put himself through school. He successfully graduated high school at the age of 25. That same year he was brought onto the staff of the Po River Clinic to be the site project assistant. He would like to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, John Tequah, who helped to build and maintain the mission prior to his retirement. Emmanuel would like to continue his education studying agriculture and livestock management in order to achieve this dream.