Akon: Shining His Light To Change The Face Of Africa


Today, 600 million Africans still don’t have access to electricity. On the continent, power is inaccessible, unaffordable, and unreliable. For example, Senegal has power but frequently has power outages. According to the World Bank, “this traps people in poverty, clinics cannot refrigerate vaccines, businesses have shorter operating hours, and students find it difficult to read after dark.”

“Giving people the basic necessity like the ability to turn the lights on, is huge. It can change a person’s health tremendously and instantly,” says Dr. P. Gould, an expert in the field of family medicine.