If you had a million dollars what would you do?
Musician Akon has answered this question 600,000,000 times, by providing electricity for many in his home country. Over the past decade celebrities such and Angelina Jolie, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfey, and many others have supported efforts in Africa. However, providing electricity is a momentous step forward for the growth and development of the continent. The Senegalese-American singer’s initiative, appropriately called Akon Lighting Africa, aims to supply electricity to 600 million people in Africa who lack it with the launch of the Solar Academy.
The Solar Academy will help African engineers and entrepreneurs develop skills that will enable them to produce solar power.The goal of the academy is to teach people how to maintain solar-powered electricity systems and microgrids. Both systems have been growing quickly in rural parts of Africa. In a continent that has 320 days of sun a year, roping in its natural resources will be valuable to the solar-energy efforts.
According to a Reuters report, experts will be on hand to help the participants with training and equipment.
“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise,” said Samba Baithily, who founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang.
“We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions,” said Niang. “With this academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go furter.”
The organization also hopes to create jobs with its initiative.This initiative will impact generations in the country of Africa. Akon has made history through his generous business savvy approach to offering the less fortunate a better way of life.