Rapper Akon has taken on a pretty big task in 2014. The “Locked Up” and “Smack That” crooner plans to bring solar electricity to more than 1 million homes in Africa. No big deal, he told us recently. Because of his ties to the continent and commitment to action, the Senegalese singer’s initiative, Akon Lighting Africa, is on track to meet its goal by the end of the year.
The 41-year-old sat down with the Reliable Source this week during the U.S.-Africa Leader Summit to talk celebrity activism, African cribs and why he believes President Obama can change the continent’s brand.
Follow more of the big dinner’s news here from Lionel Richie’s pseudo-African song lyrics to what 1600 Penn. will have on the menu.
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