Light is good from whatever lamp it shines… and Akon is channeling that energy from the sun!
The Senegalese-American singer has returned to the Mother Land to provide millions of people with electricity through solar panels. Through his initiative, Akon Lighting Africa, the launch of his Solar Academy aims to teach African engineers and entrepreneurs the skills and provide the tools to spread light all across the continent with the help of European experts.
Via Akon Lighting Africa:
“It aims to reinforce expertise in every aspect of installing and maintaining solar-powered electric systems and micro-grids in particular, which are really taking off in rural Africa. With its 320 days sunshine a year, the continent is perfectly suited to the development of solar power, particularly since 622 million Africans still do not have access to electricity.
“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise and that is our objective” explained Samba Bathily at the SE4All. “We are doing more than just investing in clean energy. We are investing in human capital. We can achieve great milestones and accelerate the African transformation process on condition that we start training a new generation of highly qualified African engineers, technicians and entrepreneurs now” he added.
With 70% of the population aged under 35, Africa is the continent with the youngest population today. One of the biggest challenges it faces is training and creating sustainable employment. “We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions. With this Academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further,” Thione Niang said. “
The academy is set to open in Bamako, Mali this summer.