American based Senegalese R&B and hip hop artiste, has set up a solar academy in Bamako, the capital of Mali, called “Akon Lighting Africa”.
Akon, whose real name is Aliaune Thiam, said he decided to invest in solar power to help implant a viable platform to power homes that lacked electricity and assist some 600 million people on the continent.
“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities,” said Samba Baithily, who founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang. “We now need to consolidate African expertise.
“The academy will aim to teach people how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity systems as well as micro-grids, which are really taking off in rural Africa.”