It is with great pleasure to see celebrities committed to noble causes in particular in favour of the Black continent. The American singer of Senegalese origin, Akon has for ambition to put solar energy in one million households in Africa by the end of the year, through the project “Akon Lighting Africa“, launched in middle April.
Brought up in both countries, the singer declared that he was “affected” having seen people on the continent without electricity.
In this spring of solidarity, Akon is using his own means to finance all the project.
“How can you build an infrastructure without lights?”, he wondered in an interview. “Without electricity, you cannot even run machines to build roads or bridges. … It is what created the initiative”, supported the music star.
The project thus aims at installing solar equipments in households to improve energy smugness. He is in partnership with Give1 project, ADS Global Limited Corporation and companies of public – private solar energy. He also met Heads of government on the project in Senegal, Gambia, Ivory Coast and other countries.
“I saw what a simple light is doing to these people” he said. “It was as a big party when this lighting switch was touched. Now, children can study during night. It is a luxury and it affected me”, asserted Akon.
It is very desirable that others music and movie stars inject their million euros in humanitarian aids to take the continent out of the yoke of poverty.
Original text by: Blaise Akame