Akon Is Bringing Electricity to Over 600 Million People in Africa


We haven’t seen or heard a lot from Akon lately. The last time I saw him, he was floating around in a bubble.


Rumor had it, that he was doing this to protect himself from the Ebola crisis that devastated Africa months ago. But the Senegalese-American put those rumors to rest very quickly.


Now the people who were trying to shame him for simply having a little fun in a bubble are going to have to eat their words, because the pop star is about to change the lives of over 600 million Africans with his new solar energy initiative.


With his Solar Academy, Akon seeks to bring electricity to those that are lacking in the rural communities of Africa.

Samba Baithily, who co-founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang, told Reuters:

“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise.”

“We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions,” said Niang.

“With this Academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further.”

This program has delivered solar power to 1 million Africans thus far!

This is impressive! I hope to hear more good news in the near future!



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