Akon Lighting Africa

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 . [2] [3] [4] Their initial technique is to install Solar street lights and small energy systems. [5]



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 [1] . [6] [7]


Since launching in 2014, Akon’s group has operations in 11 nations, including Guinea , Senegal , Mali , Niger , Benin and Sierra Leone .

Solar Academy

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 . [8] [9] Bathily Samba told in an interview: “We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. [10]

See also

  • Solar power in Africa


  1. ^ Jump up to:b “Singer Akon’s Unconventional Keys to Social Investing in Africa – Global Atlanta” . Global Atlanta . 2015-06-01 . Retrieved 2017-01-05 .
  2. Jump up^ Insight, News. “Akon unveils new solar campaign for Africa” . Archived from the original on 2015-07-05.
  3. Jump up^ “Akon lights Africa for better future” . enca .
  4. Jump up^ “Akon Musician works to light up Africa” . CNN .
  5. Jump up^ “Inside Akon Lighting Africa” . Devex . 2015-11-25 . Retrieved 2017-01-04 .
  6. Jump up^ “Three men backing one mission: widening the access to electricity” .
  7. Jump up^ “Akon Talks to Folly Bah Thibault” . Al Jazeera America .
  8. Jump up^ “Akon to light up Africa” . GhanaWeb . Archived from the original on 2015-06-12.
  9. Jump up^ “Akon Lighting Africa Moves Towards Bringing Electricity To 600M People” . AFK Insider .
  10. Jump up^ “Akon creates institution to educate solar engineers in Africa” . mnn .

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