Senegalese-American super producer/singer Akon is taking philanthropy to the next level, debuting a Solar Academy that will give African engineers the resources to create solar power based solutions. Based in Bamako, Mali, the “Akon Lighting Africa” initiative has the potential to provide over 600 million Africans with electricity and could could also bring jobs to countless others. Solar specialists will also be on hand to deliver professional mentoring.
Solar power may be a creative option for a continent that receives over 320 days of sunshine per year. According to Akon Lighting Africa co-founder Samba Baithily, “We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise.”
Added fellow co-founder Thione Niang, “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.”