Whenever Gajang Awuol takes to the streets in Juba, he is escorted by stealthy glances, whispers and even open, unabashed oohs, wows and giggles from passersby!

Mr Gajang is a South Sudanese member of parliament. The 50-year-old representing Atar County in the parliament is 7.3 feet tall. Towering over all the men and women in the parliament, he could easily be South Sudan’s tallest MP.

He is only one foot shy of the world’s tallest man, Sultan Kösen from Turkey, who stands at 8.3 feet. That is why Koskei stands tall today.