It was actually on Twitter around June last year when I first heard of Grammy-nominated R&B artist Akon giving light to Africa, even though his aspiration dated back further to 2014 when he started the initiative, Akon Lighting Africa.
The news was so out of left field that I found it hard to believe. You mean to tell me that a member of our hip hop community is giving light to millions of cities in Africa, and I’m finding out on Twitter?
— Anthony (@iSpeakComedy) June 8, 2015
The lack of coverage for such a benevolent act was incredibly bizarre. It seemed so low-key and obscure that I actually went to research the validity of the rumors to which I humbly found to be true: Akon really gave electricity to 16 million Africans.
“I’m glad it happened the way it did because it wasn’t like the media blew it up, it’s blown up from real work, real solutions and a plan that actually exist that’s proven to work.”
Now, in a recent interview on VladTV, Akon shared his insight on how he pulled it off.
In the interview, Akon touches on getting a $1 billion Chinese credit line, meeting powerful billionaire friends, and how music was always the way to give back to his home country.
“I always felt like music was always a vehicle for me to do what I was here to do.”
And it’s not like he’s a bad musician. This is the man behind a dozen Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including “Smack That,” ”I Wanna Love You” and “Locked Up.”