Senegalese-American R&B singer Akon, whose real name is Alioune Badara Thiam, continues to make the news with his initiative called Akon Lighting Africa. The organization recently made the commitment to invest $200,000 to support the West African Energy Leaders Group, a platform launched in January 2015, that will bring together active political and business leaders in the energy sector to work together and improve energy access in West Africa. According to the musician, “the creation of this group brings evidence of a very strong commitment. The countries of the western African region are ready to tackle the electrification issue and want to work together to identify and propose fast solutions”.
Building An Ecosystem
Last May, the organization launched a solar academy in Mali that will train young African entrepreneurs, engineers and technicians in the field of solar energy. So far, Akon Lighting Africa has marked its presence in 14 countries, providing electricity to more than a million people.