Didier Drogba is ‘Most Influential’

That’s big in a country where elites (not that “Time” magazine is an elite publication) hardly care for soccer. Didier Drogba, the Chelsea forward and Cote d’Ivoire captain, has become one of the few sportsmen to appear on the front cover of Time magazine. He made their annual “100 most influential people.” You know what I think of such lists, but I’ll make an exception for Drogba.

Other Africa-related folk who made the list: businessman Tijane Thiam, Graca Machel, model Liya Kebede, Valentin Abe and “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp.

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2 thoughts on “Didier Drogba is ‘Most Influential’

  1. ‘Influential’ is a slippery, subjective category; I have time for Didier but Africans in these lists always look tokenistic, as if they are brought in at the last moment to make up the numbers. I would have put the Sudanese business man who funds the African Leadership prize ahead of Liya Kebede. Then again, his name escapes me so he cannot be that ‘influential’…

  2. @ebele: Indeed.

    At my old blog address I wrote last year when the list came out: It’s basically a meaningless popularity contest which gets the magazine some publicity once a year. It’s like high school all over again.

    Like all lists of its kind, there’s little value to it. Whatever value it has can be summed up in this way: The truth it tells us–and not because we are conspiracy theorists–is who the West trusts, fears and believe warrants attention outside of the usual Western European and North American “influential people.”

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