Globally, no one is more deserving of the tag of emperor than politicians. They are the big boys in government. Their lifestyles are often far removed from those of the electorate.
In The Gambia, they live ostentatious lifestyles – owning big houses in almost all the posh areas in the Greater Banjul Area.
But it will be a wrong estimation for anybody to put the present Finance Minister of The Gambia in the rank of those who are called emperors.
Abdou Kolley’s lifestyle clearly differs sharply from that of most other top notch government officials.
He is a simple man who still lives in his village – Kembujeh - in the West Coast Region of The Gambia.
And according to a What’s On Gambia source, the senior minister “chose a modest life in Kembujeh with his extended family.”
He added: “Most of his neighbours are poor. They adore him and sometimes he sits with the young ones to drink attaya (Green Tea).”
He said the Finance Minister regularly takes part in village set setals (cleaning exercises) and other community initiatives.
“He pretty much lives the same kind of life as he did before he joined the Jammeh government,” he said.
Born in 1970, Mr Colley is one of the most highly educated ministers in the country. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Business Management from Jean Monnet University, Saint-Etienne in France.