Akon’s Solar Power Initiative to Expand to Latin America


Back in June, Akon announced his new initiative, Akon Lighting Africa, to provide electricity to communities across Africa. Now the rapper is expanding that mission to bring electricity to countries in Latin America as well!

According to VIBE, Akon announced his plans on his Instagram page, stating on one post, “Proud to announce that AKON lighting Africa has now expanded! We are now in Latin America creating the new initiative AKON LIGHTING LATIN AMERICA!! Clean energy for all.” The artist also posted pics from his meeting with Antonio Carlos Magalhães Neto, the mayor of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where he proposed bringing his solar-powered electricity effort to poor communities in the area.

The solar power program has already helped to provide over 600 million people in Africa. In addition to this new expansion to Latin America, Akon Lighting Africa plans to spread across even more countries in Africa, from Kenya to South Africa.

Wow! Truly, Akon is making huge strides with this effort! Kudos to him and his team for continuing to work towards providing electricity to these disadvantaged communities.

Image via Akon/Instagram


  1. That is amazing! Love it when celebrities use their cred to help improve the world. This is such a great initiative to choose as well. Hoping for nothing but success to this project. <3

  2. This is such a great way to share our blessings. Akon has set an example to truly give back. Having access to solar power in far flung areas will definitely make a positive impact on the lives of the people. Thanks Akon for your generosity!

  3. That is so great he is doing this. I lived in Latin America for many years and we had crazy high power bills!

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