Replicating the green power scheme across the African continent, Senegalese-American hip-hop icon Akon has entered into a $50-million partnership agreement with the Machel Fidus Association for the implementation of a rural electrification project in northern Mozambique as part of the Akon Lighting Africa initiative.
Mozambique will be the first southern African country to partner with the initiative, This is Africa reported.
The implementation strategy covers renewable energies established by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, MIREME, and Mozambique’s National Energy Fund FUNAE portfolio.
According to media, Akon, whose full name is Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, explained that the initiative aims to respond to the energy challenges of African countries by implementing an innovative solution that should lay the foundations for the sustainable development of rural areas.
“We can move Africa… My idea for Mozambique is to implement changes in the area of renewable energies,” he said.
Akon Lighting Africa initiative
Launched in February 2014 by the three founders; Akon, Thione Niang and Samba Bathily, the initiative aims to develop an innovative solar-powered solution that will provide African villages with access to a clean and affordable source of electricity. Read more…
Akon Lighting Africa initiative seeks to provide a concrete response at grass root level to Africa’s energy crisis and lay the foundations for future development.
The initiative partner, Machel Fidus Association, is a non-profit organisation led by young entrepreneurs Malenga Machel, Ìris de Brito, Víctor Zandamela and Mariano Paiva. These young industry leaders are committed to the development and implementation of sustainable projects that improve the living conditions, economic and social inclusion of the most vulnerable in Mozambique.
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