Meanwhile Back In The Motherland: Akon To Launch A Solar Academy That Will Provide 6 Million Africans With Electricity

It’s only Wednesday but a lot of attention grabbing headlines have come in from every corner of the world. From South Africa supposedly bribing to host the 2010 World Cup, Blatter stepping down and Bruce Jenner being Caitlin, here’s something to turn your attention to, Akon is bringing more electricity to Africa.


United Nations, New York, USA, May 20 2015 - Akon, American R&B artist and co-founder of Akon Lighting Africa initiative, speaks during a press conference on Sustainable Energy for All: Actions and Commitments at UN headquarters On the Photo: Singer Akon Credit: Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire

Akon along with Thione Niang and Samba Baitily have come together to launch “Akon Lighting Africa”, a Solar Academy which will teach people how to maintain solar powered electricity systems and micro-grids.

Located in Bamako, Mali, the solar Academy will help African engineers and entrepreneurs develop skills that will enable them to produce solar power.

“We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to device new, innovative, technical solutions”, said one of the co-founders Thione Niang.

Although there will be some European experts to provide supplies and training, the Senegalese hit maker wants the project to be firmly rooted in Africa.

The project which will benefit the rural communities across Africa was launched last year and will start later this year.

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