Saturday, May 16, 2009

5/16/09: Mitchell's 5 Questions With Manu


Ekpo definitely has a unique taste in music. No rock, no hip-hop, just some good old Dolly Parton.

From the Dispatch, Five Questions With Ekpo:

Q: What's up with that goal celebration (in which he points to his name on the back of his jersey)?

A: That first goal in Toronto -- there weren't many Crew fans to celebrate with. So it was like 'OK, are you guys going to say my name?' They were all silent because it was all Toronto fans. So I was like 'OK, you can read my name.' I'm thinking of giving a dance sometime at a home game. It's kind of tribal, kind of Nigerian.

Q: Your buddy and former roommate Ezra Hendrickson has retired and become an assistant coach in Seattle. You said once that he was an old guy, but he liked to have a good time while you were more of a homebody. Are you still that way?

A: I'm more of a homeboy. I hang out with Stanley (Nyazamba). Alex (Grendi) and Andy (Gruenebaum), too. They live nearby.

Q: You've been here for more than a year now. What stands out to you most about living in Columbus?

A: The lifestyle. The setup is very organized compared to back home. Everything is different. Driving, the food, the people. The suburbs are cool, and that's where I live but I'm more of a city guy. The city is more like where I grew up in Calabar.

Q: According to the Crew's media guide, your favorite music is country and blues. Is that true?

A: Yes. I like reggae, too. I like blues and country in the evening. Dolly Parton I really like. The reggae, I like Lucky Dube, Bob Marley. Celine Dion, too.

Q: When are going to see African supporters group in Crew Stadium?

A: I would like to see more African supporters, but I'll let the Crew take care of that. There are a lot of Somalians, Ethiopians, Ghanans, Nigerians. I need to get myself introduced to the community leaders. They need to get to know me, and then we can start from there.

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