Senegalese singer, AKON has committed to assist in lighting up Kibera as part of a major Kenyan government-led transformation of the slum to a modern neighbourhood.
The recording artist, songwriter and record producer met with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Energy CS Davis Chirchir, Kenya Power MD Ben Chumo, President’s Private Secretary Jomo Gecaga and Rural Electrification CEO in regards to the new “lighting up” Kibera project.
Akon, who was ranked 5th in 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa list in 2011, is still a formidable voice in Africa and is using his popularity to help his Lighting Africa project that aims to provide electricity to a million households across the continent by the end of the year.
The President praised Akon for being a role model to African youths and encouraged other talented young people to emulate him by investing back in their mother countries.
“We welcome your initiative and we will give you all the support as you roll out the power project in our country,” the President said.