Akon is flipping the switch on philanthropy. The Senegelese-American artist has launched a program to bring electricity to a million homes in Africa before the end of the year.
“How could you build any infrastructure with no lights?” the Konvikt Muzik crooner recently told ABC News. “Without electricity, you can’t even operate the machines to build roads or bridges. …That’s what created the initiative.”
“Akon Lighting Africa” is working in partnership with Give1 Project, ADS Global Corporation SA and public-private solar energy companies to make the brilliant idea a reality for many.
He added, “After certain hours, it’s completely pitch-black … Even for myself, as a child growing up in Africa, it wasn’t that bad, but I know how life could be so much easier if they had those necessities.”
So far, the “Lonely” singer has already powered 100 homes in both Guinea Conakry and Mali as well as paid for 10 light posts.
“In America sometimes the concept of having that opportunity to be able to go back to Africa and invest and be a part of Africa’s growth has been really kind of quiet. This is a way to open everyone’s eyes to do it,” he explained. “I’m utilizing this opportunity and I’m promoting it like I would promote my album or record or anything of that nature.”
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