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Akon Launches Solar Academy That Will Supply Electricity to 600,000,000 People in Africa


When he’s not singing or producing music, Akon is busy providing sustainable living options to people in African countries. The Senegalese-American singer’s initiative, appropriately called Akon Lighting Africa, aims to supply electricity to 600 million people in Africa who lack it with the launch of the Solar Academy.

Located in Bamako, Mali, the Solar Academy will help African engineers and entrepreneurs develop skills that will enable them to produce solar power. Experts will be on hand to help the participants with training and equipment, according to a Reuters report.

According to Akon Lighting Africa, the goal of the academy is to teach people how to maintain solar-powered electricity systems and microgrids. Both systems have been growing quickly in rural parts of Africa. In a continent that has 320 days of sun a year, roping in its natural resources will be valuable to the solar-energy efforts.

“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 Thione Niang.

The organization also hopes to create jobs with its initiative.

“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.”

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Comment by Bill Shiphr on November 30, 2021 at 5:53am

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Comment by Charlie Flint on November 30, 2021 at 5:24am

To be honest, it seems to me that nothing will change in Africa...

Comment by Donah Hunter on June 10, 2015 at 2:08pm
He's doing what he's supposed to do!! Yes Akon!
Comment by Big Woman on June 6, 2015 at 1:41am
Akon is really doing it and doing it well! God bless him.
Comment by Brian Anderson on June 5, 2015 at 3:15pm

It's amazing to hear what Akon, is doing for the people of Africa. How could I introduce a program like that to the people of Guyana. 

Comment by Lynn on June 5, 2015 at 11:18am
That's what you call power..... .
making a difference in a big way
Comment by jay johnson on June 5, 2015 at 12:30am
This is how it's done ! The future is ours. Take it!
Comment by sweet tea on June 4, 2015 at 4:28pm
Ah like how he always look out for his ppl
Comment by Gwendolyn clark on June 4, 2015 at 3:31pm
Thank you for caring.
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