Akon Lighting Africa: Sustainable program to Africa’s energy crisis

Beyond access to electricity, the Akon Lighting Africa project is about economic empowerment and inclusive growth for the African continent.

InformAfrica — Welcome to Africa, a continent full of hopes and opportunities that awaits the right solutions to fulfill the ambitions of its ever growing population. The Akon Lighting Africa program believes sustainable energy programs are the solution to Africa’s energy crisis.

Out of over 1 billion population, over 600 million people in Africa lack access to electricity and live in quasi total obscurity when the sun set. The Akon Lighting Africa program bring answers to that problem. Their solution? Equip millions of households in Africa with tailored solar energy systems through public-private partnerships.

“In this project, what’s so important by it. It’s also done and shaded by children of Africa. From Akon to Samba Bathily, to myself.” —Thione Niang, Co-founder / Akon Lighting Africa

“As an African, I always want to be in the position where I come back and give back; and be able to use my celebrity, use my success in a way I can help people.” —Akon

“Everyone is so passionate about this program. Be it government officials, through our public-private partnerships, or the population. —Samba Bathily, Co-founder / Akon Lighting Africa

The Akon Lighting Africa team has already installed in 11 countries and counting, two types of solar panels, designed to meet the needs for populations: solar street lights for public lighting and a home service system that is prepaid for household use.

The very idea of the initiative is to create jobs for the youth of rural areas. Beyond access to electricity, the project is about economic empowerment and inclusive growth for the continent.

The mission of Akon Lighting Africa, is to prepare a brighter future for children and the African continent.

The Akon Lighting Africa initiative was jointly co-founded by Akon, Thione Niang, and Samba Bathily. Visit their website at www.akonlightingafrica.com


Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973), better known by his stage name Akon, is an American R&B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, businessman, and record producer. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up“, the first single from his debut album Trouble.

Akon founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. Akon was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent much of his childhood in Senegal. He is the child of a dancer mother and a percussionist father, Mor Thiam. During his stay in Africa, Akon learned to play five instruments, including drums, guitar and djembe.

Akon is estimated to be worth over $80 million USD.

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Akon at the 2010 World Festival of Black Arts and Cultures NYC press conference, at the Grand Hyatt on September 24, 2010 in New York City. Photo credit: Astrid Stawiarz

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