The culture of hip-hop is drunk on material possessions and Akon couldn’t do it anymore. Under the conviction of realizing how bad people are struggling in Africa, he gave it all up and started an organization called Akon Lighting Africa, which seeks to eliminate the overwhelming need for access to electricity; something most of us obviously take for granted. Here’s a brief excerpt from the organization’s website addressing the problems:
“Today, 600 million Africans still don’t have access to electricity, particularly in rural areas.
In far too many parts of Africa, night-time economic activities are practically non-existent. Women cannot make productive use of their time to carry out the most basic household tasks. Children who help the women cannot study at night without proper light and complete their homework by candle light, an additional expense for parents. Moreover, without access to electricity, over 3.5 million Africans die every year from harmful pollutants or fires in the home produced by costly and toxic solid fuels.”
In the brief interview below he talks about the success they are having in raising money and the conviction he felt wearing pricey possessions while walking through villages where people had next to nothing. Check it out:
Visit www.akonlightingafrica.com for more info.