Yesha Callahan

Akon Launches “Akon Lighting Africa” To Bring Electricity To One Million African Households


Akon With President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso

Akon is stepping away from music to focus on supplying one million African households with electricity by the end of 2014.  Akon’s initiative “Akon Lighting Africa” aims to address the fact that more than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity, as well as more than 85% of those living in rural areas lack access.

Akon’s company, Akon Corp., is working with GIVE1 Project and Solektra International, member of ADS Group (Africa Development Solutions Group), in order to create replicable, scalable and cost-effective energy solutions.

So far Akon has met with leaders from Senegal, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and the Ivory Coast and on February 10, 2014, Akon and his delegation, which included Samba Bathily, Solektra International, Thione Niang, Give 1 Project, Wang Lin, CJI, Khadidiatou Thiam, Akon Corp. and Dr. Julius W. Garvey, Akon Corp. began an ambitious tour of nine (9) African nations to engage in dialogue about the project.

“We are extremely pleased by the overwhelmingly positive response of government leaders to embrace a public-private partnership that aims to address access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. This initiative is given further validity and momentum based on the support of these nations and their executives and advisors,” said Akon.

Akon has partnered with Azuri Technologies to support the installation of solar equipment in households, which will in turn allow children to have access to electricity that will improve their quality of education.

To learn more about the “Akon Lighting Africa” initiative please visit

  1. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    Nice to read about a rich Black person with money helping out Mother Africa. She needs all the help she can get while trying to improve of the lives of Africans. Each one teach one.

  2. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    So glad this is about electricity.

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply


      Yes! As soon as I read the headline I thought to myself “Another one with a skin bleaching cream!?”…

  3. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    Wonderful job Akon. Let us all (just blacks) take a moment to realize that Africa is our homeland. If we don’t take advantage of our land for our benefit others will (and are doing so). This is pleasing to see as I had lost nearly all hope in wealthy blacks trying to do anything positive for their own.

  4. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    this actually could make me withdraw all the bad stuff i said about akon lol wow i’m really impressed!

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply


      Hehe, yeah same here! Big up to him for the movements he’s making for Africa!

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