*In addition to making music, Akon is staying busy for a worthy cause with the launch of Akon Lighting Africa, an international initiative created to provide electricity to one million homes in Africa by the end of 2014.
Akon, along with Give 1 Project and Solektra International and ADS (Africa Development Solutions) Group, is leading the effort, which address a crucial need in sub-Saharan Africa. More than two-thirds of the region’s population is without electricity, inn addition to more than 85 percent of those living in rural areas lack access to resources with electricity.
“This initiative gives a unique opportunity to bring partners across the spectrum to address the most important needs to Africa’s development, Give 1 Project founder and president Thione Niang, stated in a press release. “All of us in the African diaspora can play a role in advancing the continent. Without electricity our children cannot study and our hospitals cannot function. The time is now and it’s up to us to make a lasting impact for a new Africa.”
Projects supported by Akon Lighting Africa include the installation of solar equipment in households to improve energy sufficiency. To date, Akon and those associated with Akon Lighting Africa have met with various African leaders, including President Macky Sall of Senegal, Prime Minister Aminata Tourè of Senegal, President Alpha Condè of Republic de Guinea, President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon.
“We are extremely pleased by the overwhelmingly positive response of government leaders to embrace a public-private partnership that aims to address access to power in sub-Saharan Africa,” Akon stated about the impact of his latest endeavor. “This initiative is given further validity and momentum based on the support of these nations and their executives and advisors.”
For more information about Akon Lighting Africa, visit www.akonlightingafrica.com.