Ivorian and African football legend Didier Drogba is the latest ambassador named by the world tourism organization (UNWTO) to help promote responsible tourism in Africa and beyond.
Africa Tembelea has learnt that the UNWTO Secretary General, Amb. Zurab Pololikashvili made this announcement in Dubai on Sunday October 20th, 2019 during a round table on financing the “Sublime Côte d´Ivore” initiative, which maps the growth of the country’s tourism sector between now and 2025.
The UNWTO Secretary-General said it was an honor to have such a legendary personality as Didier Drogba, as Ambassador of Tourism.
“I’m sure we can promote tourism in Africa because the continent needs more visibility, promotion and we could not find a better person than Didier Drogba. We are very proud and happy and will work together on many interesting projects,” said Zurab Pololikashvili.
“UNWTO will partner with the Didier Drogba Foundation to support young people, empower women and create new jobs for Africa together to make the continent better and more powerful,” he added.
In accepting this honor, Didier Drogba said: “I am pleased to be one of the new ambassadors of the World Tourism Organization and proud to be here with the Secretary General of the Union. It is an honor for me to use my name to represent tourism and all the benefits that create jobs and allow people to dream.”
Didier Drogba is the second football player appointed by UNWTO as ambassador of tourism, after Lionel Messi. He is also the second African personality appointed ambassador of tourism by UNWTO, after Nigerian businessman and billionaire Aliko Dangote.
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Didier Yves Drogba Tébily is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time. He was named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009.