Akon in Rwanda to get his Lighting Africa project going



Celebrated Senegalese-American R&B singer and convict music label boss Akon real name Aliaume Badara was in Rwanda this week trying to assess how the leaders will help him rollout his Akon Lighting Africa project.

He told reporters the fact that the government in Rwanda was already in the process of extending electricity access to the villages will facilitate his $1 billion dollar dream of lighting up African villages.

“I have talked to officials and am happy because Rwanda is already on track to light the whole country which will speed up my project.” Akon said.

Akon Lighting Africa is a one billion dollar project which aims at bringing solar-power in all African villages as Lonely singer’s way of giving back to his ancestral homeland.

Akon also says the mega project is not just about lighting up villages but also help employ them and raise their standards of living.

Rwanda is one of the countries facing acute energy shortages, currently running on 119 MW capacity yet the country needs 563MW, worth US$2.7 billion in the next four years.

Akon Lighting Africa was launched February 2014 and so far it is operating in 12 African countries.

Akon is famous in Rwanda and Africa in general for his songs like Mama Africa, Freedom, Don’t matter and many more featuring Africa’s finest artistes.

Singer, songwriter and producer Akon was born Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on April 16th 1973, to Senegalese parents.

His family returned to Dakar, Senegal when Akon was young and lived there until he was 7 years old. They then moved back to the US, Akon’s mother Kine Thiam is a dancer and his father Mor Thiam is a famous jazz percussionist.