36/100 africa peace icons

sadio mane

Sadio Mané (born 10 April 1992) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Senegal national team. Widely regarded as one of the best players in the world and amongst the greatest African players of all time, he is known for his pressing, dribbling, and speed.

Mané was born in Bambali, Sédhiou, Senegal. He wished for a career in football, but his father (who was an imam) forbade him from playing the sport as a child; however, his father died when he was seven years old. At the age of 15, he ran away from his home village with the help of a childhood friend, Luc Djiboune, and went to Dakar to pursue his ambition of becoming a footballer; from that time he was supported by his family to fulfill his potential.

In 2019, Mané donated £250,000 ($319,103; €284,813) to build a school in his home town of Bambali, Senegal.[148] In March 2020, Mané donated £41,000 ($52,564; €46,083) to the national committee fighting COVID-19 in Senegal.[149] In 2021, he donated £500,000 ($684,932; €561,987) towards the construction of a hospital in Bambali.[150] In addition, he has also financed the building of a petrol station and a post office for his local community, supplying the school with free laptops and internet from the 4G internet service he financed in the village. In total, he has spent more than £700,000 ($684,932; €561,987) on these upgrades. In addition, he commissioned a €70-a-month stipend to each family in his 2,000-person hometown.[151][152] This is roughly equivalent to a month's wage for a Senegalese citizen on a minimum wage.
Mané is also an ambassador for Right To Play, an international non-profit organization with a mission to empower vulnerable children. He has collaborated with the non-profit to provide equality and empowerment to young girls and women in Senegal, raising “awareness of the importance for both girls and boys to be able to access sport and education opportunities”.

He was appointed a Grand Officer of the National Order of the Lion by President of Senegal Macky Sall following the nation's victory at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.