All Hail Drog the King!
One of Africa’s finest footballers of his generation, Didier Drogba currently plies his trade with Montreal Impact the Canadian Major League Soccer after an illustrious career playing in Europe. Drogba was born in Abidjan on March 11, 1978.
Following Côte d’Ivoire’s qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Didier’s voice became louder as he appealed to the warring factions in the country civil war to lay down their arms. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) appointed him a Goodwill Ambassador in January 2007. The same year, he founded the Didier Drogba Foundation “to provide financial and material support in both health and education to the African people.”
After initially announcing plans to build one hospital in Abidjan in 2009 with the £3 million fees from his Pepsi endorsement, Drogba changed his mind on the realization that one hospital will be too difficult for everyone to reach. In 2013, he announced instead through his foundation that five (5) specialized clinics in children and women health would now be built in the following cities in the country: Yamoussoukro, San Pedro, Man, Korhogo, and Abidjan.
In 2010, Didier Drogba was listed by Time magazine as one of The 100 Most Influential People in the World, joining the likes of Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan as one of the few sportsmen to grace the front cover of the magazine.
Winner of several football honors, Drogba is a devout Catholic and happily married to Diakité Lalla from Mali. The couple have 3 children together.
Afro Tourism salutes a true African hero, city icon and living legend, Tébily Didier Yves Drogba! “Well done!”
If you are in Abidjan, do visit the Didier Drogba Foundation at Cocody and make a donation. Or you can make a donation online: http://www.thedidierdrogbafoundation.com/make-donation.html
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