Chelsea FC legend Didier Drogba has been awarded with an honorary degree in his home country- Ivory Coast for his contribution to football in his home country as well as helping restore stability in the West African nation.
In 2005, after Ivory Coast beat Sudan to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, the 43-year-old invited TV cameras into the team’s changing room after the game and made a speech begging his country to end the civil war. The passionate speech led to fire cessation after five years of war.
In 2009, the former Ivory Coast captain donated £3m (KSh456 million) of his endorsement with Pepsi for a hospital to be built in his hometown of Abidjan.
An honorary degree is an a award used to acknowledge someone who a university committee deems worth honoring by offering them a special position, in the university community.
Drogba is Ivory Coast’s all time leading goal scorer with 65 goals in 105 appearances. He is well remembered for his historic header in Munich that sealed Chelsea’s first ever Champions League trophy. He is also the Club’s fourth-highest goalscorer of all-time with 164 goals in 381 appearances.
The Ivorian has also made big strides in helping grow the game in Africa. 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,” Ceferin said.
The iconic striker on his part said that, “it is so important to help and support our youngsters to let them fulfil their dreams and aspirations.”