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What happened? Gambians in uproar as Akon’s bypasses the country
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What happened? Gambians in uproar as Akon’s bypasses the country

Gambians are mad at Akon. Believe it or not, yes.

On the 12th February, 2014, the Senegalese superstar announced on his Facebook page: “Akon is touring nine (9) African countries (Senegal, Mali, Guinea Conakry, GAMBIA, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville and Ivory Coast) in nine (9) days to meet with leaders about the project.”

He was to visit The Gambia to discuss with the government the possibilities of bringing electricity to thousands of Gambian households through his project, Akon Lighting Africa.  But it did not happen.

Is Akon snubbing The Gambia? Is there something else going on? Is this another missed opportunity for the smiling coast?

The 40-year-old has met leaders of Senegal, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Guinea Conakry, Burkina Faso, Gabon and Mali. His aim is to provide electricity and promote energy sufficiency in the continent.

What’s On-Gambiais still investigating why Akon skipped The Gambia. We have contacted one of the project coordinators, Thione Niang but have not yet received his response. He’s a US-based Senegalese, who founded Give1Project, a global organization that aims to engage young people.

Akon’s project can make a HUGE difference in The Gambia in the provision of adequate power. The country is still struggling to keep the lights on. 

 

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