Didier Drogba, an Ivorian retired professional footballer has described Africa as a “continent in the making”.
In an exclusive interview with Africanews, Mr Drogba said: “The African continent, even though it is late on several aspects such as governance, is a continent in the making. I think that as a whole, we are making progress. When you look at the average age of the people, it is a young, young and dynamic continent.”
The African legendary footballer added that the continent had made great achievements in the past five years making a place desired by everyone.
“Now, of course, It is up to our leaders to see what is at stake and to get to work on the essential pillars of development, which are health and education. Of course, I am not an economist, but I think that a simultaneous evolution of the main sectors can be done,” Mr Drogba told Africanews. (read more below).
When asked about his hopes and wishes for the next five years, the former Ivorian striker said: “My hope for African countries for the next five years, or even ten or twenty years, is that we can have a stable Africa, with less and less conflict, which will allow the population of a continent that is very young to take its destiny in hand and avoid fleeing to the West, with the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea which costs lives. This is one of my hopes for the continent. A youth that is at the heart of all activities and development of our countries. It is true that each country has its particularity and specificity. But as a whole, these young people must be uplifted. These young people must be supported and guided, and I insist on very important sectors such as health, education and employment generation so that we can keep our young people on our land and develop our respective countries with their knowledge.”
Didier Drogba has come to the aid of Africa more than once even recently against the testing of the coronavirus vaccine on Africa’s first. The suggestion was used to debase Africans as human beings by equating them to lab rats.