Akon is giving back to his homeland in another major way. Following the creation of a primary school in Senegal, the “Right Now” singer is looking to bring power to rural homes throughout Africa.

Speaking at the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All forum, the 42-year-old artist revealed his plans to launch a solar energy job-training program in Bamako, Mali. Through his identification with growing up in a household with minimal electricity, Akon said he understands what life is like “to be in a position without light and go days without eating.”

Through his entity, Akon Lighting Africa which has implemented power in 14 countries throughout the plateau continent, the Freedom artist will team up with Solektra to provide necessary power to these homes.

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