Akon, Thione Niang and Samba Bathily, co-founders of the Akon lighting Africa, a project aimed at solving energy crisis in Africa, have concluded their two-week African road show in Cotonou, Benin.

The co-founders reaffirmed their commitment to use solar activities to drive education by introducing a solar powered tablet.

“Akon Lighting Africa is an initiative that puts top priority on African development,” said Thione Niang, co-founder Akon lighting Africa. “Access to energy will drive rapid transformations in Africa, electrification first, education next.”

They also inspected the 1500 solar powered street lamps being installed by Solektra International, a US-based company that promotes African development, in Pahou, a district near the capital, Cotonou.

The roadshow started at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) and toured Kenya, Rwanda, Congo-Brazzaville, Nigeria, Niger and ended in Benin. The tour provided an opportunity to seek ways of deploying solar solutions, proposed by Solektra International, in partnership with local agencies responsible for rural electrification.

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Olumuyiwa Coker Author

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