NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 13 – Senegalese multi-platinum singer Akon has set his eyes on helping Kenyan youth, he said while in Nairobi on Monday.
Akon says his efforts will focus on young people in the slums with no access to quality education.
“There’s a lot of potential among the youth in the country… I could also look at a way of supporting sports, especially foot-balling talent,” he pledged.
The music icon also said that he would come up with programmes to provide community televisions, so that youth can watch world class sporting talent and encourage them to ape it.
Akon, who was in Nairobi to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards in Kasarani, made the remarks while paying a courtesy call on Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Odinga said the Government was determined to come up with an innovation culture that will foster creativity and interest among the youth.
“The government is also providing funding support to youth programs through the Ministry of Youth Kazi Kwa Vijana Programme, to empower the young and improve their livelihood.”
Akon, also got a chance to visit the Starehe Boys Centre, where he gave a motivational speech to the students there and some cash.
Though Akon was born in Missouri, USA, he grew up in Senegal until the age of 15. Capital Lifestyle has been unable to raise any records of similar youth projects in Senegal.