The World Bank estimates that the sub-Saharan Africa economy loses about 2.1% GDP growth as a result of rolling blackouts. It is also estimated that 30% of rural Africa’s population lack electricity supply, making up 600 million people.
Akon, a Hip Hop Rapper, and Songwriter, who traces his roots to Senegal and known globally for his hit songs. He is making a difference in as far as electricity supply shortage is concerned. In 2014, Akon launched an ambitious project dubbed Akon Lighting Africa, a philanthropic project where the rapper in partnership with other stakeholders brings solar power to people living without electrical power in sub-Saharan Africa.
The rapper says that he gets his inspiration out of the fact that he has experienced firsthand what is like to live with rolling blackouts when he visits Senegal. The experience made him become a little creative and instead of trying to achieve the much difficult task to connecting people to the main grid. He decided to use Africa’s most abundant resource, and that is the Sun.
In a period of about a year, the Akon Lighting Africa program has installed more …read more