Despite being best known for making pop music, Akon’s decided to give filling dancefloors a break in favor of bringing solar energy to people living in rural Africa.
The singer, who is of Senegalese-American descent, has recently opened a Solar Academy as part of his effort to bring electricity to 600 million people in rural communities across Africa.
Located in Bamako, Mali, the academy’s aim is to help engineers produce solar power.
The organization states that the continent averages 320 days of sunshine a year.
Samba Baithily, who co-founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang, told Reuters: “We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise.”
“We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions,” said Niang.
“With this Academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further.”