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Profile Last Updated: 01/15/2019

Akon Lighting Africa

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Purpose and Activities

Akon Lighting Africa seeks to provide a concrete response at grass roots level to Africa’s energy crisis and lay the foundations for future development. Launched in February 2014 by international music star, Akon, leader Thione Niang and entrepreneur Samba Bathily, this initiative aims to develop an innovative solar-powered solution that will provide African villages with access to a clean and affordable source of electricity. A wide range of quality solar solutions, including street lamps, domestic and individual kits, have been installed in 14 African countries. As a result, a number of households, villages, community houses, schools and health centres located in rural areas have been connected to electricity for the first time ever. Local jobs, primarily for young people, have also been created in these communities, whether for installation of equipment’s or for maintenance.


Established in 2014; Akon, Samba Bathily and Thione Niang all agree that sustainable development in Africa through access to electricity is a top priority. They have pooled their energy, passion and complementary skills to promote a shared vision for Africa that is both optimistic and realistic. The highly positive results observed since the start of the project show that a local presence and practical solutions are key to resolving energy issues in Africa. Akon Lighting Africa’s roadmap fully reflects its founder members’ vision for Africa where success is quantified in terms of its impact on the populations concerned – ie on the millions of Africans whose lives are put on hold at dusk.


Akon Lighting Africa

Public charity


350 5th Ave., 59th Fl. New York City, NY United States 10118

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