Akon Lighting Africa and Rural Spark set out to light up Africa

Senegal - Akon Lighting Africa is an initiative of Akon, they American-Senegalese RnB singer and producer, and Thione Niang, strategist and international business leader. The organisation is, just like its co-founders, highly committed to empower Africa, by providing access to electricity.

“In Africa, 365 days of the year we have the sun, but still 600 million people are without energy. And we are fighting to change that. We’re bringing new innovation with our partners [Rural Spark] to make sure that the country has energy”


In this video by Thione Niang, the Rural Spark solution is presented to the Akon Lighting Africa team and supporters. It takes electrification to the next level with TVs, fans and entrepreneurial tools. The modular nature of the Rural Spark kit allows for everyone to ‘climb the energy ladder’.

Together we set out to use the sun and empower 600 million people who live under this sun, but still lack energy access. As Thione says: “it’s up to our generation to change that”!