The singer is on set to establish the “Solar Academy” in Mali that will be a training centre for African engineers and entrepreneurs on how to produce solar power.
The academy will be situated in Bamako the capital of Mali and the academy’s main goal is teaching participants how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity and microgrids, which Akon Lighting Africa says “are really taking off in Africa.” Harnessing solar power is the ideal way for those without electricity to obtain it, because Africa has 320 days of sunshine a year. “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.
This initiative proves the saying “charity begins at home”