According to the current statistics concerning energy distribution, out of 1.1 billion Africans, 600 million still have no electricity. Akon lightning Africa is a project created to change this within the next few years. The big cities in this continent are supplied, but the government never expanded the electricity to most of the isolated areas. Some entrepreneurs didn’t see this as a problem, but a challenge. Perhaps they will make a change.
Akon is an American R&B, hip hop recording artist, songwriter, businessman, and record producer. His roots lead back to Senegal. Together with the co founders Samba Bathily, CEO of ADS Global Corporation S.A, and Thione Niang, a politician, speaker and consultant from Senegal, they launched Akon lightning Africa in 2014. So far, the project has collided with great partners such as Solektra, Ads Global Corp etc. After reaching their goal, equipping 1’000’000 homes, within only 6 months, the project is now active in 14 countries. Mali, the Republic of Guinea, Benin, Senegal, Niger, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo-Brazzaville, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Madagascar, Namibia are the, so far, lucky nations.
Sustainable Energy is defined by it’s non-exhaustible resources. Wind, water, bio energy & solar power are defined as renewable. Because of its ideal geographical position, Africa benefits when using solar energy wisely. This technology is what Akon lighting Africa’s supporter see as their trump card. Even though the amount of grey energy, hidden expenditure, is ridiculously enormous when producing solar panels, which are made out of Silicium, the benefits are great and can be encouraged while scientists work on developing this technology.
I believe the reason why this project is driving the world crazy leads back to various reasons. The first reason is because of Akon’s reputation as a star. Think about the multiple untrustworthy gossipers who make a living by dramatizing every mistake celebrities make. What ever a star does will be dramatized and argued about! This, in my opinion, is a very smart way to boost the project’s fame. Another reason is because these respective entrepreneurs aren’t doing all of this because of the money, but because they want to make a change. We hope that occupations like this turn into trends and strengthen the global cooperation of non profit organisations.