BET 2016: Akon honored with Globe Good Award

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Senegalese artiste Akon is honored with the Global Good Award for his continued efforts to better his community!

And there is much more to Akon than music. Born in America to Senegalese natives, the singer developed a love for Senegal and desired to help its youth. In 2007, he launched the Konfidence Foundation, dedicated to providing Senegalese youth with education resources and access to health services. He used his money from music tours to build an elementary school in his home country.

In 2014, he co-founded “Akon Lighting Africa,” which currently brings solar powered electricity to the homes of over 600 million people in more than 11 countries in rural African countries. He has also launched the Solar Academy in Bamako,Mali, where engineers will be taught how to develop solar power and pass on the skills to others. Akon‘s light is spreading from Africa and across the seas. He has teamed up with government officials in several Latin American countries, including Brazil, to bring electricity to needy homes in Africa.

For his superior music talent, many musical attributes and achievements, as well as his philanthropic efforts, which resonate from Mama Africa to the world, the BET Awards saluted the Senegalese singer, Akon with the BET International 2016 Global Good Award!

Music Career..

Akon is one of the most gifted and iconic artists in contemporary urban music today. A Grammy-nominated, two-time multi-platinum selling musical artist, producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Akon holds a place in industry history as one of music’s most influential voices.  He’s had an impressive 27 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the first artist to simultaneously hold both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the industry gold standard list of the current most popular songs in the country. He has collaborated with over 150 industry greats, including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Eminem,  Gwen Stefani, Lionel Richie and Snoop Dogg. Akon co-wrote Lady Gaga’s hit song “Just Dance” and has produced numerous records for other artists.