Launch of the Solektra Solar Academy to support the Akon lighting Africa initiative

Driving Africa’s growth with a new solar generation Bamako, 16 December 2015 – Akon, Samba Bathily and Thione Niang, co-founders of Solektra International, the company that launched the Akon Lighting Africa program, have just concluded a historic day in Bamako with the official inauguration of the Solektra Solar Academy. Expected to open in January 2016, this…

Participation to REenergising the Future Conference

Solektra International’s cofounders, Akon, and Thione Niang Samba Bathily, participated on December 6th  in the REenergising the Future conference organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) around COP 21  negotiations in Paris. These high-level exchanges with personalities from civil society and political leaders such as Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse’s pilot, Ahmed Belloul, CEO of…

Akon is featured in leading African online business publication How we made it in Africa

Akon is featured in leading African online business publication How we made it in Africa while explaining how energy access helps to create basic infrastructure in Africa – thus paving the way for more investments to be made over the continent. Read the article about Akon Lighting Africa initiative and its unique business model: http://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com/why-rb-star-akon-developed-a-financing-model-for-solar-energy-in-africa/52244/ Read Akon’s messages…

Akon’s interview in The Guardian – Why for profit initiatives make a difference when it comes to energy access in Africa

As night falls across Africa bustling cities light up and neighbourhoods begin to buzz, fed by traffic from well-lit roads. In the countryside, meanwhile, villages are plunged into darkness, shutting down the night-time economies of rural communities as restaurants and shops close and children light candles to do their homework. For Akon, the US-based rap star, the…