Rapper Akon Aims to Use Solar Power to Support African Kids’ Education

With an aim to help the less fortunate children in Africa, rapper Akon has announced that he has planned to commence a new project which will aim to add solar power to help introduce electronic devices in schools.

The music artist has been focusing on helping people in the African continent switch to electricity for many years now. He is a popular hip hop and R&B artist in the United States who has earned a great fortune, but he’s always on the move with new entrepreneurial ideas. A majority of them are geared towards Africa and the 600 million people who thrive in the locality with the help of a candle light.

Rapper Akon

In the modern era, when the majority of the world has access to smartphones, tablets and uninterrupted internet, there are still parts of the continent that are hardly embraced by technology. Technology firms like Google and Facebook have been doing their part to help the people overcome the hurdles while individuals like Akon have been doing everything on their part to boost the economy.

A country’s growth depends on its younger generation, Akon said in an earlier interview. He initiated the Akon Lighting Africa program which uses solar power to bring light to the 600 million population and has already witnessed phenomenal achievements. Over 14 countries have benefited through the system which has supplied charging stations, home kits and micro generators to bring electricity. A lot of solar street lamps are also setup in specific locations to make easier for the residents to commute at night.

According to a report by PC Tech, Akon wanted to expand the solar power distribution further so that it not only powers televisions and refrigerators, but also computers to allow the children to experience better education. The music artist has personally experienced the situation in Africa as he lived in West Africa till the age of 7 before moving to the United States.


“We have already visited some of the locations where solar power will be used and new smart schools will be setup. Our team has created an outline for the project. The idea is to use solar power in education. However, our main goal is to bring electrification first before promoting education to the darkest corners of the country”, he said.

In his generous motive, Akon is also joined by two individuals named Thione Niang and Samba Bathily. He did a road show earlier visiting important cities in Africa to understand the situation and come up with feasible solutions.

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