Akon on a Quest to Light Up Africa

By Lora Neng
March 26, 2014

In his continued efforts to give back to his homeland, Akon launched the “Akon Lightning Africa” initiative to bring electricity to a million households on the continent by the end of 2014.

More than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity and more than 85 percent of those living in rural areas lack access, cites Hip Hop Enquirer.

Starting with an invitational meeting with select heads of state on February 10, the Senegalese singer has since toured nine African nations to discuss powering homes with solar energy.

“I came up under kerosene lamps and candles so years after I became successful you know how you go back to your old neighborhood and in my case I went back to my old village and there was no progress. It was like the same way when I left. It was like time stood still.”

Akon explained that one of the major roadblocks was the failure of past investors to carry through on their promises: “you have a lot of European countries who come in and gain contracts and promise resources and never deliver. So when we started out, I invested my own capital just to put lights around the home of whatever leader we were going to see just so they could see we were real and willing to invest our own money and bring money into their country.”

“The development of Africa now is a huge big business but the people aren’t benefiting from it,” but with Akon Lightning Africa, the star philanthropist could ensure that locals would gain employment to sustain their lives.

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