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Meet Music Legendary Akon: The International Star Doing Africa Proud

Akon is a Senegalese-American businessman and musician. He’s the only artist to hold the number one and two positions simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts two times. Akon founded Akon Lighting Africa with Samba Bathily and Thione Niang in 2014. Akon Lighting Africa is a public-private partnership venture seeking to bring clean solar energy across Africa.

 They’ve reached 15 countries on the continent and installed over 100,000 street-lamps, 1,000 solar micro-generators and 200,000 household electric systems, creating thousands of jobs. On the final day of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, he talks to TRUE Africa.

What do you hope to achieve for Akon Lighting Africa at COP21 in the coming days?


We hope to connect with other organisations that we can partner with and learn a lot from. We want to figure out ways to merge and work together to allow our systems to become more sustainable.

We hope these exchanges will help us gain opportunities and utilise technologies that will strengthen the Akon Lighting Africa project that we set up with our company Solektra International, to be able to be a key force to drive growth on the continent.



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