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

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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 Roots aka TJ What De Ras on June 4, 2015 at 2:22pm
Finally a black person is helping his people with the money they are earning from the music. He will always get my support
Comment by conscious1 on June 4, 2015 at 2:03pm

Big up to Akon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Let's hope that other celebrities follow his lead.

Comment by conscious1 on June 4, 2015 at 2:01pm

Yes God!!!  God is great!!!! And this is only the beginning.  Totally agree @rastafari, AFRICA IS WAKING UP!!! And yes we are great.  As it was in the beginning so shall it be in the end.

Comment by rastafari on June 4, 2015 at 1:31pm

...AFRICA AWAITS ITS CREATION AND ITS CREATORS...UP YOU MIGHTY RACE, YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU WILL!!! Words of the Emperor and Mosiah Garvey

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