Senegalese rapper Akon (photo) promised to equip Sierra Leone with 5,000 solar street lights and 2,500 traffic lights to accompany the national electrification agenda.
“The commitment of the philanthropic organization of Akon will be of great help for the electrification of our country. It proves the impressive leadership of President Julius Maada Bio who was able to mobilize, in six months, the international good will to improve the daily lives of Sierra Leoneans, “said Yusuf Keketoma, spokesman for the presidency.
According to World Bank data, Sierra Leone has a national electrification rate of 20.3% for an installed capacity of about 100 MW. The country has recently started a project to build a 57 MW power plant, which will increase its power output.
Akon Lighting, the initiative led by Akon, aims to support the process of electrification of the continent. She is already involved in several projects in The Gambia and Senegal.