Akon Plans to "Light Africa"

Singer and Entrepreneur Akon created the Akon Lighting Initiative to bring electricity to 600 million Africans who don't have it. The initiative was launched in 2014 with Thione Niang and Samba Bathily.

According to the site for the initiative, AkonLightingAfrica.com, 3.5 million Africans die every year from harmful pollutants or fires produced by toxic and costly solid fuels. Akon plans to develop an innovative solar-powered solution to provide villages with access to a cleaner and more affordable electricity source. He is opening the Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali this summer with the doors open to any African wanting to develop the use of solar power in the continent.

Akon's partner Thione Niang they are targeting"...future African entrepreneurs, engineers, and technicians." And Co-Founder Samba Bathily said, "We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise."

With 70% of the African population under 35, the youngest population of any continent today, the future looks bright for Africa indeed.