Lighting Africa.

03 June 2015

Lighting Africa.

For a while now we've wondered where Akon's been, we've thrown a few jokes around the office imagining how he spends his time, after treating the world to such an eclectic mix of RnB hits and Hip-Hop hooks, and them somewhat disappearing of the face of the earth, but little known to most of the world the singer has decided to seriously diversify and set up the charity Akon Lighting Africa.

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.