It was Fred Rogers that said, ‘when I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does(speaks up) anything to help a child(others) is a hero to me’.
Our Heroes for the weekWorthy sons of Africa – Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o Fils and Demba Ba popped up in the news over their responses to suggestions by two French medical practitioners who said on television that the vaccine which could be effective in treating coronavirus should first be tested in Africa
Didier Drogba “It’s totally inconceivable that we should have to warn about this. Africa is not a laboratory.
These statements are denigrating, false and really racist. Help save Africa from the coronavirus. You don’t want to use Africans as guinea pigs!
It’s disgusting. African leaders have a responsibility to protect their people from conspiracies as horrendous as this one,”
Samuel Eto’o voiced out his condemnation calling the doctors assassins and Sons of b**ches.
Demba Ba wrote a tweet “Welcome to the West, where the white man is believed to be so superior that racism and weakness become banality. It is time to stand up“.
These statements generated firestorms, even forcing the doctors and TV channel that aired the discussion to beat a repeat, working hard to change the narrative.
We hail these African sons as heroes because had they not spoken, it is most unlikely that the leaders in various governments in Africa would have said anything. Rather they would have lined up citizens for this tests.