Most people know Akon as a successful R&B artist, but he is also changing lives one solar panel at a time. Launched one year ago, Akon Lighting Africa is an initiative that brings solar powered electricity to 600 million people in Africa whom are currently without it. Some of the countries included are Mali, the Republic of Guinea, Niger, Kenya, and Sierra Leone.
The campaign has since provided street lamps and solar panels to over one million homes in 14 different countries. The singer himself grew up in a town that lacked electrical power, and he admits, “I always had a passion for Africa because I am from Africa and I always felt Africa was being taken advantage of.”
The company introduced a new addition to the movement last month where they’ll be building a “solar academy” in Bamako, Mali’s capital, in order to educate engineers on how to maintain the new electrical units.
Not only is he bringing electricity to the continent, the singer is also promoting peace. He headlined the famous Peace One Day concert in Congo last year, and continues to run his Konfidence Foundation for nearly a decade now, which provides resources for education, recreation, and health to youth in Africa.
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(Photo by Akon Lighting Africa via Official Site)