Senegalese-American singer Akon has entered into a US$50-million partnership agreement with the Machel Fidus Association for the implementation of a rural electrification project in northern Mozambique as part of the “Akon Lighting Africa” initiative.The partnership culminated in the launch of the “Akon Lighting Africa” initiative in Mozambique on Thursday night in the capital Maputo, making Mozambique the first southern African country to partner with the hip-hop star.
Akon said like other African countries Mozambique requires a renewable energy programme, especially in rural areas, which could create opportunities for the youth.
According to the singer, “Akon Lighting Africa” aims to respond to the energy challenges of African countries by implementing an innovative solution that should lay the foundations for the sustainable development of rural areas.
“We can move Africa… My idea for Mozambique is to implement changes in the area of renewable energies,” said Akon, real name Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam.
He said the initiative aims to develop an innovative solar-powered solution that will provide African villages with access to a clean and affordable source of electricity.