The Academy will teach African residents how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity systems and micro grids to continually produce electricity.
"We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise," Samba Baithily, a co-founder of the project, told Reuters.
The hope is that the continent's population – 70 percent of which is under the age of 35 – will help boost the economy, provide opportunities to future generations and just flat-out increase the overall quality of life.
According to multiple reports, Akon Lighting Africa has received a credit line of line of up to $1 billion from construction juggernaut China Jiangsu International and will begin work with the most low-resource, remote areas. Already revered in his native Senegal, Akon's level of love and respect worldwide will sky-rocket if his ambition generates massive results. Incredible effort.