Akon set example for others to follow

Akon in Liberia to introduce power at schools


Akon said he didn't realize that power existed until he moved to the US at eight years old

Senegalese-conceived hip-bounce artist Akon is in Liberia to introduce sunlight based power at two grade schools in the West African nation.

It is a piece of his Lighting Africa venture to convey power to 600 million individuals over the mainland.

In this occurrence he has collaborated up with Scaffold Global Foundations, which, in relationship with other worldwide associations, is behind a pilot extend in Liberia to run 50 government junior schools.

As his motorcade crashed into the capital, Monrovia, under police escort, the artist said it was "insane" that he couldn't see a solitary road light on the 50km (32-mile) street from the air terminal.

Liberian schoolchildren hold signs to welcome Akon to Monrovia

Akon told the BBC that he was moved by the versatility of the Liberian individuals following 14 years of common war and the late Ebola plague.

"Many people don't understand that the general population create nations; all legislature does is to attempt to deal with the procedure; and in Africa we have a propensity of feeling that the administration does everything for us."

"This is our nation, we need to live in it, we need to rest, we have wake up in similar environment, so we must be the ones to make that environment for ourselves; and we can't put it on government," he said

The artist said Africans ought to look past race and address the landmass' training and different issues.

"It's not a dark or white issue; it is an African issue," he said.

Furthermore, he advised school kids in Liberia to consider their learning important, saying:

"We as a whole advantage in the event that we are taught."

Who is Akon?

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam (born April 16, 1973),[1] better known as Akon (pronounced /ˈeɪkɒn/), is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer and actor.[3] He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up", the first single from his debut album Trouble.

He has since founded two successful record labels, Konvict Muzik and Kon Live Distribution. His second album, Konvicted received three nominations for the Grammy Awards in two categories, Best Contemporary R&B Album for Konvicted album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Smack That" and "I Wanna Love You".

He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. Akon has had four songs certified as 3× platinum, three songs certified as 2× platinum, more than ten songs certified as 1× platinum and more than ten songs certified as gold in digital sales.

Source; bbc
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