Chelsea legend Didier Drogba receives honorary doctorate from the University of Ivory Coast for charitable work and helping restore stability in the West African country
- Didier Drogba receives honorary doctorate in Ivory Coast
- The Chelsea legend threw himself into charity work in his homeland
- Drogba, 43, once helped bring about a ceasefire and donated a new hospital
- His charitable contributions and role in restoring stability have been recognized
Didier Drogba has been awarded an honorary doctorate in Côte d’Ivoire for his contribution to football in his home country and for helping to restore stability in the West African country.
The former Chelsea star has been credited with helping bring peace to the Ivory Coast. Drogba helped bring about a ceasefire in 2005 after qualifying for the World Cup.
Making a desperate plea to the fighters involved in the West African nation’s ugly civil war, the 43-year-old invited cameras into the elephants’ locker room after their crucial victory over Sudan to deliver a passionate speech, which led to a ceasefire after five years of war.
Didier Drogba receives honorary doctorate in his home country of Ivory Coast
The former Chelsea striker has been recognized for his outstanding charitable work at home
Drogba has also dabbled in charity work during his playing career, once donating his £3million towards a contract with Pepsi to build a hospital in the Ivory Coast.
He has a thriving charitable foundation and has considered joining the football administration after making a failed bid for the presidency of the Football Federation of Côte d’Ivoire.
Drogba’s outstanding work has now been recognized by the Réseau des Universités des Sciences et Technologies (RUSTA), and the Chelsea legend was seen beaming as he received his honorary doctorate on a proud day for the former striker.
Drogba famously helped bring about a ceasefire amid an ugly civil war in the West African nation
It was a proud moment for the 43-year-old and his family when he received his honorary doctorate
The Ivorian has also made great strides to help the game grow in Africa. In 2020, Drogba received the UEFA President’s Award, with Aleksander Ceferin calling the former Blues shooter a “pioneer.”
“Didier is a hero to millions of football fans because of his achievements during his brilliant career,” Ceferin said.
“He’s a leader – a pioneer. I will remember him as a player for his skills, strength and intelligence, but most of all because of his insatiable appetite to succeed – a quality equally present in his desire to help others off the playing field.”
Drogba made a failed run during the presidency of the Ivory Coast Football Association last year
When receiving the UEFA President’s Award last year, Drogba said: ‘There are so many children in developing countries who have the potential to become not only footballers, but also doctors, teachers and engineers.
‘That is why it is so important to help and support our young people to make their dreams and ambitions come true.’