Amidst the celebrity rumors, engagements and what-not, someone’s doing an amazing thing for Africa. Akon, the singer/producer is supplying electricity to 600 million people in Africa. Read on for more details.
The Sengalese-American singer has just launched Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali. According to an article from The Root, it aims to “help African engineers and businessmen gain knowledge, information and skills to be able to produce solar power. Experts will be there to supervise training and equipment.”
Akon’s Solar Academy in Africa is aiming to achieve its goal, which is “to teach people how to maintain solar-powered electricity systems and microgrids.” Africa is a good candidate for solar power. Samba Baithily, founder of Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang said, “We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise.”
Aside from helping people develop skills to produce solar power, the Solar Academy will also help Africans have more jobs.
“We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions. With this academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further.” Niang said.
They also hope that the population of Africa will help boost its economy and provide more opportunities for future generation. With that being said, we are looking for a more improved Africa in the coming years.
Isn’t this such a good idea and a good cause?
Cheers to Akon and the rest of his team who is behind the Solar Academy. It’s a marvelous idea and a very helpful one, indeed.
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