Akon, in partnership with Give1Project and ADS Global Corporation SA, has initiated the project "Akon Lighting Africa Project” tour which aims to bring electricity to one (1) million households in Africa by the end of 2014.
The lack of electricity is currently a major problem in Africa. A significant number of households in rural areas and even urban cities do not have access to electricity. This is a real obstacle to Africa’s Sustainable Development.
In that perspective and within the framework of a Public-Private partnership, an alliance was signed between the private entities: Akon Corp, SOLEKTRA International - BYD Solar, Azuri Technologies UK, NARI (Member of China Grid Group), CJI, the Non-Governmental Organization Give1Project and the governments of different African nations to support the initiative.
The project will consist of the installation of solar equipment in households and promote their energy sufficiency that also will allow millions of children to have access to electricity and improve their education through extended study hours. In that regard, the American superstar is touring nine (9) African countries (Senegal, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and the Ivory Coast) in nine (9) days to meet with leaders about the project.
Objectives and Key Messages
The purpose of this tour is to engage leaders and key stakeholders in actionable dialogue to immediately begin addressing Africa’s Energy Issue.
- We believe this initiative to be immediately replicable, scalable, and cost-effective.
- We believe sustainable energy programs are at the root cause of the social ills that plague Africa. Namely (INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, ECONOMY)
- Through this successful public-private partnership and access to electricity: Infrastructures can expand, Children can become students, and Economies will improve through job creation.
- The purpose of this tour is to engage leaders and key stakeholders in actionable dialogue to immediately begin addressing Africa’s Energy Issue.
Akon Lighting Africa Delegates
Samba Bathily, ADS Global Corp. S.A. Thione Niang, Give 1 Project Wang Lin, CJI Wang Yin CJI Keno Xiao,
CJI Chris Cobbs, Head of Logistics Alioune Badara Thiam, Akon Corp Khaditiatou Thiam, Akon Corp
Devele Dewayne Andrews, Akon Corp Julius Winston Garvey, Akon Corp David Monfort, Visual Communications