Akon Set To Provide Electricity For 600 Million Africans

Akon Set To Provide Electricity For 600 Million Africans

By Sheryl Sanni | Staff Reporter on June 3, 2015

Senegal born international pop music star, Akon, has made plans to light up Africa using his Akon Lighting Africa foundation which started in 2014 in conjunction with the recently opened Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali that aims to pioneer advanced solar technology.

Samba Baithily, one of the co-founders of Akon Lighting Africa told Reuters; “We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise.”

Another one of the co founders of the academy was also reported to have said; “We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions. With this Academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further”

Akon is planning to bring electricity to at least 600 million people living in Africa. According to the organisation, Africa gets sunshine on an average of 320 days a year which would go a long way in the solar lighting plan.


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