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.