Akon To Provide Electricity To One Million Africans Before The End Of Year

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The Konvict Muzik general and entertainment mogul Akon is set to launch an unprecedented movement in which one million people on the continent of Africa will have access to electricity in 2014. According to the Washington Post, only 14 percent of people get any electricity at all in Tanzania, and across sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 590 million people lack access to power. This problem has had severe effects. Indoor air pollution from wood stoves kills 3.5 million people per year, more than AIDS and malaria combined.

The  project tagged ‘Akon lighting Africa’ 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 days to meet with leaders about the project.

We hope Akon can accomplish this goal1 Its always great seeing influential people using their powers for good.

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