Senegalese Akon wins ‘Innovator of the Year’ award

2018-10-11 10:44:42

Sierra Leone’s energy sector has received good news after international music star Akon says he will invest in a solar energy program.

As part of plans to support the government of President Julius Maada Bio, Akon’s investment will comprise the provision of 5,000 solar street lights and 2,500 traffic lights.

Akon, real name Aliaume Damala Badara, said after a meeting with the Senegalese president that he was inspired by the elections of many youths in his African nation.

“Meeting with a lot of the younger Africans who have been elected now is really motivating because my biggest challenge was getting presidents to understand the vision, and with him we speak the same language,” Akon said.

Akon has already taken his solar investment program to his native Senegal and also to Gambia where he met with president Adama Barrow last year.