Originally known as a multi-platinum recording artist, Akon is now pushing for solar in Africa to provide electricity for 600 million people. Growing up as a child in Senegal without electricity, Akon is now eager to improve living conditions in Africa.
“I was one of those kids you see running around with no shoes on living in straw huts. I was blessed to be able to come to the U.S with my dad and I’ve seen a better life, but it really hurts a lot knowing that Africa has all these resources and we haven’t fully taken advantage of it”, Akon said when speaking in Washington.
Akon Lighting Africa has been running for only a year and has already reached out to 11 countries in Africa. The solar academy has given jobs to the local people where engineers are trained to produce solar power for rural communities across Africa.
Alongside Akon are co-founders Samba Bathily and Thione Niang, who have the same objective to create a brighter future for Africa.
Samba Bathily commented on the potential development in Africa: “We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise”. The potential for sustainable development has been in there, however without the funding, it hasn’t been possible. Now with Akon Lighting Africa, allows third world countries to use renewable technology for a better way of life.
Akon has used his fame wisely to promote the organisation. Within a short space of time, Akon Lighting Africa has helped a large amount of people. It can be argued that Africa has embraced renewable technology more than the UK. However with 600 million people in mind, they still need support to help those in need of electricity. Ecolution are looking to get involved to help Akon Lighting Africa achieve their goals. Keep up to date with us for the latest update on this movement.