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Didier Drogba has earned worldwide acclaim as a professional soccer player and champion for peace in his native Ivory Coast.
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An immensely popular figure in his home country, Drogba has attempted to use his standing for good purposes. With the Ivory Coast ravaged by civil war in 2006, Drogba led the Elephants in prayers for peace after World Cup qualifying games and organized a team statement calling for an end to the war, efforts that were credited with helping to bring about a cease-fire.
He created the Didier Drogba Foundation in 2007, which, according to its website,
"aims to provide financial and material support in both health and education to the African people." For his humanitarian actions, in 2010 Time magazine included Drogba in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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