Akon is 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 Akon, 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.We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. The academy will teach solar engineers how to install and maintain solar panels and “micro-grids,” small electrical grids that provide power to a very limited region. The good news is that in transforming the sun light into solar power as a source of electricity is a no brainer for Africa, which has 320 days of sunshine so harnessing solar energy is an ideal way to provide electricity to those who live without it.
We had to have an individual with the insight and desire to contribute to Africa in a way to make a difference who also hass the means and resources to make it happen.
Akon Lighting Africa has received a credit line of line of up to $1 billion from construction juggernaut China Jiangsu International and will begin work with the most low-resource, remote areas. Akon didn’t just lend his name to the initiative, but is a hands-on partner. “I’ve kind of seen what it felt like to live in poverty and understand what it is to be in a position without light and go days without eating,” Akon said. “I felt it,I understood it,and it made me cherish life even more. It put me in a position to be a lot more humble as a celebrity.”