Didier Drogba honored for promoting peace in Ivory Coast
Albanas Kiswili
7 months ago

Didier Drogba has been awarded an honorary degree by an Ivory Coast university for his charitable work in the country, alongside his footballing contributions.

The former Chelsea star has been credited with helping bring peace to the Ivory Coast. Drogba famously helped enact a ceasefire in 2005 after securing qualification for the World Cup. 

The 43-year-old made a desperate plea to the combatants involved in the ugly civil war in the West African nation, inviting cameras into the Elephants' dressing room after their crucial win over Sudan to make a passionate speech, leading to a ceasefire after five years of war.

Drogba has thrown himself into charity work throughout his playing career, once donating his £3m signing on fee from an endorsement deal with Pepsi to build a hospital in the Ivory Coast.

In 2020, Drogba was awarded the UEFA President's Award, with Aleksander Ceferin labelling the former Blues marksman a 'pioneer'.  "Didier is a hero to millions of football fans for his achievements throughout his glittering playing career."

'He is a leader - a pioneer. I will remember him as a player for his skill, strength and intelligence, but above all for his insatiable appetite to succeed - a trait which is just as present in his desire to help others off the field of play.'