Akon Has Done More For Africa In One Year Than Most Charities Have In Decades

Posted by on June 21, 2016 in Activism, Conscious Living, Inspirational with 66 Comments


By Jeff Sanchez | True Activist

Platinum-certified star and five-time Grammy award nominee Akon, for just a single year, has done so much more for Africa than most charities have for decades – providing electricity for 600 households in the continent and in the process, being able to light up the land through affordable renewable energy with the power of the sun.

Through the help of his partners, Senegalese political activist Thione Niang and Malian entrepreneur Samba Bathily – who happens to also be CEO of the solar energy company Solektra International, Akon was able to help African communities and combat the challenges that most Africans face in trying to secure energy for their respective homes.

In case you are not aware, obtaining electricity in Africa isn’t as easy as you’d think it might be. Every year, 3.5 million Africans die each year from inhaling toxic fuels and house fires that ensue while Africans try to light up their houses.

Thanks to Akon, solar energy provides Africa with a better and safer alternative, and because of Akon’s belief that this system would be better off if it was run by fully-trained African professionals, he was also able to create jobs there as well.

According to Akon’s charity, Akon Lighting Africa, a wide range of quality solar solutions are now installed in 14 African countries. And, for the first time ever, a number of households, villages, communities, schools, and health centers that are located in rural areas are all now connected to electricity – all thanks to Akon’s desire to make a difference.

”One thing I’ve realized about Africa is that only the organizations that involve Africans themselves are successful,” Akon said in an interview.

”A lot of corporations that come with their own policies and try and implement them in Africa fail horribly. The advantage we had is that all three founders are African, so we were able to navigate through each country a lot faster.”

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  1. Mayse Vila Mayse Vila says:

    Beautiful soul!

  2. Good for him..but don’t ever compare a good act w/ others

  3. Randy Rowe Randy Rowe says:

    It’s because most non profit are not really non profits. It’s a shell game

  4. this is something that you can appreciate Selma take what he had and shared with others will only bring more blessings to him. great job young man great job and I mean it from the bottom of my heart.

  5. Why isn’t he dead??

  6. He is doing charity work whereas the NGOs do the business.

  7. Beautiful. Yes m inspired. ???

  8. What is with all the click bait covering the article, can’t read it!

  9. Abba A Ahmed Abba A Ahmed says:

    First of all there is nothing like charity. What we see is a set of people that organize themselves and create jobs for themselves. What they claim they give with the left, they take with the right.

  10. Akon and mama Africa, your blackness oneness ..Respect!!

  11. Iron William Iron William says:

    Most “charity” for Africa 9/10 becomes a dependency which is just new age colonialism. Nations such as the USA pretend to help but there’s always a catch, usually exploiting the continent for its natural resources

  12. Osman Akkurt Osman Akkurt says:

    I like his music when he ft. David Guetta, apart of that he’s a good hearted man apparently, i hope he’s LGBT friendly too. Xo

  13. Ken Woodfork Ken Woodfork says:

    And this was the picture you selected to highlight his accomplishment ? Interesting ?

  14. We need more insightful people like him, forward thinker ?

  15. ye ….If all the celebrities dipped their hands into their own pockets …to help …well @@ …its like where I live …We have a pier …A man got this and now has lost this to having no more funds …can I get a hello ……where are all the people ..who could help ????? well I tell you ….Akon …is a kind hearted man xx Amen xx

  16. Western style Charity and Aid is never meant to solve anything. It designed to leave people worse off than they were..! Why make themselves irrelevant?! Thanks to Akon and the little known grassroot organizations that do a lot unnoticed.. Respect

  17. Dawn Hodgins Dawn Hodgins says:

    Because he doesn’t steal the donations via a giant salary for the ceo.

  18. Well done! Home is where the heart is.

  19. Is it business or charity?

  20. Who’s akorn anyways?

  21. Wow, this is great to hear that he uses his power and money to help his people… so much for Kanye West and other so claimed rappers who make so much money and do nothing but waste it and run their mouths… salute to Akon!

  22. Charity’s aren’t to do good it’s to fund party’s an get Bono an geldof to perform a few songs
    That being said good on akon

  23. A true King for the people!!!

  24. Linda Hand Linda Hand says:

    That’s. Wonderful

  25. Ella Tilley Ella Tilley says:

    Sorry to be “that guy” but akon owns a diamond mine in south africa has has repeatedly denied the existence of blood/conflict diamonds… maybe its kind of a double edged sword for africa?

  26. Victor Papy Victor Papy says:

    Sempre em frente AKON, muita força.

  27. John Barber John Barber says:

    I have seen better pics of Akon – hey this beautiful needs showing off

  28. More people like this please. I worked for money campaigning for charities in the UK and Northern Ireland, you operate with a sales pitch based on the criteria that the charities provide to provoke people to “purchase” action but it works like a sales pyramid, the highest performer is paid the most and your pay is suppose to justify your position which is part of the deal and comes out of the advertising and marketing budget of the charities. For profit companies expose this and generate incomes but what that does is, it takes away from the cause and turns it into business and so there is money churning around in the pockets of the managers and sales people and then money that goes into administration and banking, by the time any resources reach the desired destination, there has already been a large sum sliced off the top. Plus, people don’t need money, they need systems put in place that they can work independently without us.

    • cashopportunity365@gmail.com' Clary says:

      Thank You so much for sharing that, now I have a clearer vision of how these so called charities operate, & from your experience & having read previous articles what your saying is absolutly true. What Africa needs is structures & systems put in place, Peace & Blessings

  29. Buzz Gray Buzz Gray says:

    Actually George W. Bush did more for Africa then anyone on the planet.

  30. Yes! Finally! I wish the governments would fund some of this for developing countries instead of other gifts of aid that they have to pay back..but can’t..this is a great step forward for the whole world to follow i think 🙂


  32. Your the man, helping others is the greatest thing 1 person can do for other

  33. David Curr David Curr says:

    he also owns a uranium mine that sells to us army..to make into bullet tips.

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