If this was bad news, it’ll have gotten much more publicity.
AKON Launches Solar Project To Supply Electricity to about 600,000,000 People in Africa
While many choose to waste their abundance on fleeting pleasures and self exalting exuberant show offs, Akon,The Senegalese-American R&B / Hip hop singer, songwriter and record producer-Aliaune Damala Bouga, launches an Akon Lighting Africa initiative, which is aimed at supplying electricity to 600 million people in Africa, and also help solve the problem of unemployment in its own capacity.
It might seem so mundane to many, but this is actually a huge deal, especially for the citizens and residents or business owners in several African nations who are are still battling with the huge challenges of unstable power supply, affecting almost every sector and part of the economies. Call it whatever, but however you choose to see it, anything done to the benefit of others, is a good deed worth applauding.
This mega-solar project takes location in Mali-Bamako, in West Africa, that has sunshine for 320 days in a year. The project will be enacted through an academy, that will train African engineers and entrepreneurs and empower them with skills enabling them to generate solar power.
Akon Lighting Africa project is also supported by the United Nations through its “Sustainable Energy For All” program aimed at ridding power supply challenges in Africa.
“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise,” said Samba Baithily, who founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and another partner-Thione Niang.