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Akon aiming to provide electricity to a million African households

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Feb 25, 2014 | 2:42pm EST

R&B star Akon has launched an ambitious environmental project in Africa to provide electricity to one million households by the end of the year (14). The Smack That hitmaker has teamed up with charity officials and bosses of local corporations for the Akon Lighting Africa campaign, which aims to have homes across the continent equipped with solar panels to provide electricity and promote energy sufficiency. The singer embarked on a nine-country tour across Africa earlier this month (Feb14) and has been meeting with top politicians in his native Senegal and places including Mali, Guinea, Gambia, Gabon and Burkina Faso in a bid to win their support. Asked how the campaign is going by a fan on Twitter.com, Akon responds, "Incredible! We are getting a great response from many of the leaders I met with. We've got to keep up the momentum". Akon had a little inside help in getting the government of the Republic of Guinea involved - his uncle, Idrissa Thiam, is the nation's Minister of Energy.

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