The success which has come as a result of “lighting Africa” by the Senegalese musicians/philanthropists/ Akon & Thione Niang and entrepreneur Samba Bathily in Africa’s rural areas, one country at a time, has spread “light” to ten African countries and has attracted the attention of international bodies and corporations: the United Nations, the Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, CNN and many others.
Check out the heart-warming story through the following links forwarded to me by a regular reader and contributor to the growth of this blog. Thanks, Sis.
Here are tantalizing excerpts to lead you to URLs below to learn about Akon Lighting Africa: [TOLA]
“When I was young, we had to study by candle light with only one candle for the entire family. I want to make sure that children no longer have to work in those conditions.” Thione Niang Our activities, our origins.
With regards to these objectives, Akon Lighting Africa is the perfect case study and will thus be officially presented as promising initiative for the entire continent. For Samba, Thione and Akon, it will be an opportunity to highlight to an high level international audience composed of public and private decision-makers, representatives from the Un and the European Commission the specificity of their project: a sustainable energy solution, that is accessible through a unique prepaid model and has been designed to ensureinclusive growth and promote youth employment. The United Nations.
One key trigger for that rapid growth, Akon says, is that the company funds initial projects itself as a way to demonstrate the technology and the benefits to potential buyers. According to the company, the average investment per village is $75,000 and the firm has invested almost $400 million in total so far. The Wall Street Journal
FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015. 8:50 p.m. [GMT]