President Barrow explains Germany deportation
By Sainey Darboe
The President of The Gambia,Adama Barrow, has illuminated the circumstances surrounding his deportation from Germany in the ‘90s.
Speaking in a Paradise TV exclusive with Harona Drammeh, he explained:
“After my high school I worked for my uncle Momodou Musa Njie in business. Then I traveled to London, France, Brussels and eventually Germany.Germany was the place to go at the time of you wanted money.I was hungry and eager for fast money. I was just 23 years old at the time.
I applied for asylum and was rejected. Then I was later deported. That turned out to a blessing in disguise. Upon return I worked as a sales clerk for my uncle Mommodou Musa Njie till 2002 when I took a leave without salary to go to the UK”.
In the course of his 3 years sojourn in the UK,the president said he did minor courses in estate management which had already captured his interest prior to his foray overseas.
“I was doing that for Musa Njie before I left and he had handed me power of attorney and was paying me 10% of proceeds. I used to work a lot in the UK. I was in East London around Stratford and going to work at a place three hours away by bus. I used to change buses nine times. And I had only three hours to sleep and observe hygiene as I was working 15 hours daily. I worked there for over one year and there was not a single day I was late.
It was within those three years that I built my house with a contract executed by Sheikh Omar Gigo who is my friend. I amassed enough capital to establish my own business called Majum Estate. I had an office measuring three and a half meters at the time . In the end I was managing nearly 300 properties and dealing with 2500 clients...nearly 3000 clients”.