Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam better known as Akon is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, businessman, record producer, actor. With his activities on “light up Africa” initiative Akon has added yet another title to his already impressive list of accomplishments and philanthropy efforts. Akon grew up in Africa without electricity until later on when he moved to the states. Akon says he never saw himself venturing into the solar power industry until his mind changing 2010 Senegal visit. Akon found his grandmother living without electricity, it was there and then he got the idea and inspiration to not only light up his grandmother’s home, but shine a light on all of Africa.