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Akon's project to light up Africa takes form

By Associated Press In United Nations | China Daily | Updated: 2015-05-22 07:35

Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Akon says being a successful entertainer has given him a platform to pursue his dream of helping Africa grow and prosper.

The performer, songwriter and producer was born in the United States to Senegalese parents and reared in both countries. He started an initiative called "Akon Lighting Africa" two years ago with a goal of bringing electricity to a million homes by the end of 2014. He told a UN news conference on Wednesday on promoting clean energy that the initiative not only achieved that but has spread to 14 African countries.

Akon, born Aliaune Thiam, says the biggest obstacle to Africa's growth is the need for infrastructure and energy.

Akon's project to light up Africa takes form

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