Akon Launches Company To Supply Electricity In Africa

By Parish Hodges  |  06/04/2015


Akon is helping out his native country in a big way.

According to the Huffington Post, the singer is launching a solar academy called Akon Lighting Africa to help countries harness the power of the sun.  Situated in Bamako, Mali, the initiative is set to open this summer with a mission to Africans in "every aspect of installing and maintaining solar-powered electric systems and micro-grids."

"We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise and that is our objective," said co-founder Samba Bathily.

Along with supplying clean energy, Akon Lighting Africa aims to be a source of sustainable employment for Africa's relatively young population -- 70-percent are under the age of 35.

Bathily added: "We are doing more than just investing in clean energy. We are investing in human capital. We can achieve great milestones and accelerate the African transformation process on condition that we start training a new generation of highly qualified African engineers, technicians and entrepreneurs now.”