Akon Lighting Africa is a project started in 2014 by form music artist Akon with Samba Bathily and Thione Niang qui AIMS to Provide electricity by solar energy in Africa .    Their initial technique is to install Solar street lights and small energy systems. 
According to Akon , he and Thione Niang grew up in Kaolack Region , Senegal in a town without electricity. In 2013 both decided to help drive Africa’s transformation. Samba Bathilyjoined Solektra INT, which supplies solar-powered equipment. By combining their networks, they launched the project in February 2014. The projects now dispenses in 14 Africancountries and employs over 5,000  .  
Since launching in 2014, Akon’s group has operations in 11 nations, including Guinea , Senegal , Mali , Niger , Benin and Sierra Leone .
The group announced the launch of the solar academy in Bamako, Mali at the second United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum, in New York City . Solar Academy will teach students about using solar panels by qui They Can Light Africa .   Bathily Samba told in an interview: “We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. 
- Solar power in Africa
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