The singer, who is of Senegalese-American descent, has recently opened a Solar Academy as part of his effort to bring electricity to 600 million people in rural communities across Africa.
Located in Bamako, Mali, the academy's aim is to help engineers produce solar power. The organisation states that the continent averages 320 days of sunshine a year. Samba Baithily, who co-founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang, told Reuters: "We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise. "With this Academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further."So salute Akon next time 'Locked Up' comes on. It's nice to see artists doing something positive with the millions of dollars they make, and bringing solar power to Rural Africa & training engineers to help maintain this solar power is key to developing some of the most remote areas of the world.