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DROGBA'S LEADERSHIP (following part)



He is unknown to his country. BUT the history course will drastically turn over when the chairman of the Ivorian Football Federation makes up his mind to invite the international players to take part in the African Cup of Nations. Then all the TV programs and street gossip mentioned the name of Didier Drogba. Who's that guy? Nobody knew.


Later on, we discovered from the TV broadcasts and from the national and international newspapers that the name Didier Drogba referred to a successful player in Europe, and that... he was an ivorian boy. Though his name sounded ivorian, it still seemed uncommon to us, because his glory had re-flavoured it. We started to love Him.


His accomplishments in Chelsea (his Club), focused all the attention of the country despite the pain we were enduring. We all became chelsea's fans and did not miss any of his matches. All the country was united behind a single man. We found that some other Ivorian players were even better than him. BUT he moved Us anyway! Period.


Even the political leaders were charmed by the personality of that boy. When he entered the national team, our football dream team, he took leadership over his peers. Altogether they achieved challenges that our national team had never reached before. We virtually went from victories to victories, however still suffering in our flesh.


Leadership makes things possible. When we saw all what the team was doing, we understood and even more, we strongly believed that good was possible. We believed that success was possible. We believed that victory was possible. And it was notable that our National Didier Drogba and the team he led as its captain, was achieving all this glorious success during a period of crisis.


What were the outcomes of that situation? Didier gave us an alternative. By contrasting sorrow with joy, by contrasting desperation with Hope he gave us an option. We were already fed up with sorrow and desperation to delight in resignation. So we dared to take a step forward toward joy and Hope.

And we did it.


Drogba did even more. When he was chosen as Best African Player by the Confederation of African Football, he solemnly declared that he wished to present the cup to the population of Bouake, capital of the rebel's zone. Incredible! We were stunned ! Let me tell you something. Mentally that land of Bouake was not a place to be, nor a place to go. We were 'configured' to see that place as a place of affliction and terror. In some words, there was a physical but also a mental barrier between North and South.


He promised it and he did it. The population of Bouake welcomed Him with intense jubilation. No Kidding! They loved him as we loved him, we knew it but we did not realize it until we see it on TV. When we saw that scene, that human face beyond the barrier-since TV scarcely showcased that aspect of thing due to lack of pictures - all the country understood that actually we were a single country, more, a single NATION. We were moved to tears. Again, Drogba had initiated a new Path towards peace.


Drogba the striker had scored another Goal.


Thank God! Drogba's the best. Leadership Works.

Very soon, we'll be out of that political situation and Drogba will be worth the pride of having added a stone to the building.


Good read!






I have realized that Leadership works. Leadership is powerful to change lives; leadership is powerful to change circumstances.


How did my Country take the harsh path of peace? - Leadership

How did the population believe in a better tomorrow after long years of pain? - Leadership

What focused the international attention on a possible peace in our Country? -Leadership


In the midst of murders, pain and tears, where families were torn away, dad slaughtered and mother raped before her kids’ very eyes, there was no hope for a singing tomorrow. My country was divided into two separate parts by a horizontal line. Up side was the base camp of the rebellion. And down side, the headquarter of the regular authorities.


No peaceful solution in the offing. The reconciliation process was one step forward, two steps backward. In our eyes, the process seemed to be doomed. Sicknesses, joblessness, scandals, crimes, robberies, our country was becoming an aggregate of woe and sorrow.


The international media were no longer talking about Ivory Coast as the first Cocoa producer, third coffee producer, major rubber, cashew, palm oil, etc. producer. It had just become a land of affliction




an unknown African Leader was growing on another continent. The Ivorian football player Didier Drogba. Shaken on every side, he was morally and mentally pressed to accept to become a leader in his team. He did not understand yet the price of his responsibilities in his team and how he could become the one who would make the difference.


Leadership is an exercise. Didier Drogba built up his mind all through his different european clubs. He took responsibilities, he built a vision, he becomes an example of hard work, success, commitment and determination. He becomes an icon for his qualities and his value. He made the day of the club's owners, executives and obviously, aficionados.


To be continued