Say what you want about Akon, but with his life-changing efforts in Africa, it’s clear that his heart has always been with his people and his loyalty with the Motherland. At the second United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum last month, the hit-making music mogul announced that he’s launching a new Solar Academy as part of his Akon Lighting Africa initiative, which aims to provide solar-powered electricity to 600 million people in Africa, according to Akon Lighting Africa’s official site.
The academy will open this summer in Bamako, Mali, with a focus on training future entrepreneurs, engineers and technicians how to operate the solar-powered electricity systems and micro-grids, which have been a huge success in rural Africa. Experts will be on site to provide training and equipment for the young trainees.
With Africa having 320 days of sunshine a year, capitalizing on its natural solar power is key in providing clean energy to the people on the continent.
“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,” stated Samba Bathily, who co-founded Akon Lighting Africa alongside Akon and community leader Thione Niang.
The organization also hope to create a solid pool of jobs for young people living throughout the continent, considering the fact that 70% of the population in Africa is under 35.
“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,” Bathily continued.
Entrepreneurs who will contribute to the growth of this ingenious initiative and the progression of Africa as a whole.“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,” added Thione Niang.
Shout out to Akon and these brilliant Black brothas for giving back to our people and using their power to make a positive change in the Motherland. Because if this isn’t a power move, I don’t know what is. #Boss