However, about a year ago I came across a video on You Tube which really grabbed my attention and, until now, never thought to write about it so alas: Did you know there is 600 million Africans that don’t have access to electricity? Akon did.
What I think should be the highlight of Akon’s life is that similar to ‘Jenny from the block’, Akon hasn’t forgot where he come from. Despite being born in Missouri, USA, he spent most of his childhood in Senegal, West Africa. He had a childhood knowing the struggles of poverty and when he had made his money he went back to Africa to help the continents needs. His main focus is a project called “Lighting Africa” in which he is a co-founder of the project which creates solar powered foundations for electricity, aspiring to make it affordable for all citizens in each African country.
Image courtesy of: DAGENCY @ www.akonlightingafrica.com
Here are the African countries that will have received the projects help by the end of the year:
- Guinea (Conakry)
- Burkina Faso
- Sierra Leone
- Guinea Equatorial
- Republic of Congo
- South Africa
- Ivory Coast
- Democratic Republic of Congo
WOW – What an incredible man. By doing all of this he has created jobs and training for the facilitated evening time activities can begin for all the family, and by providing streetlights at night drastically reducing the number of sexual assaults. As a part of “Vision for Africa” he has gained partners with many different companies/organisations all over the world, uniting as one to help in the fight against poverty.
Akon had less than half the wealth of artists like Jay-Z or Kayne West and, yet, he he has been successful in establishing this great charity/humanitarian venture. Therefore, it is worth considering that if the individuals featured on the ‘Forbes rich lists’ wealth were combined, how great the reduction in global poverty would be and thus the enrichment and advancement of humanity as a whole.
Image courtesy of DAGENCY @ http://akonlightingafrica.com/co-founders/akon/
For further information on Akon and the Lighting Africa Project please visit www.akonlightingafrica.com; http://www.akon.com; https://www.instagram.com/akon/
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