Growing up, Akon knew the struggles of living in the dark once the sun went down. The town in Senegal that he grew up in, like many others, had no access to running water or power. Local economies were forced to shut down businesses when the sun sets, and families were constrained to candlelight and kerosene lamps to complete their nightly tasks, resulting in over 3 million deaths each year from harmful fumes and fires.
Once Akon became a household name, he was determined to give back to his home country and provide them with sustainable energy.
Alongside Thione Niang and Samba Bathily, Akon launched Akon Lighting Africa (ALA) in 2014, becoming his first step in helping create sustainable infrastructure in Africa.
Initially, the team planned to use gasoline and fossil fuels to power the continent but opted for solar when they realized its’ cost-effectiveness would allow them to provide power to a larger populous. Soon after, Akon was able to negotiate a billion-dollar credit line with Chinese manufacturers for solar power products.
Within the first year, Akon Lighting Africa was able to provide 14 countries with sustainable electricity, including street lamps and solar panels.
Local venders are able to stay out another six to eight hours after sunset to provide for their families. Children are now able to successfully study and do their homework without the harmful fumes of the kerosene lamps. Villages are lit up at night, lowering crime rates by 90% and creating a safe environment for the community.
Akon Lighting Africa isn’t just about providing electricity to countries in Africa, the other goal is to help build the economy through education and career opportunities. ALA was able to create the Solektra Solar Academy which teaches young members of the African community about solar power, and how to properly install and maintain the solar equipment. Upon graduation, the individuals are hired by the company.
To date, Akon Lighting Africa has provided 18 countries and millions of people with electricity, while employing over 5,000 people.
So think about that next time 'Locked Up' comes on.
Wilfred Ramarni,Alannah George and Anala Beevers
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Success breeds resentment and jealousy. Another side of success that is not talked about
As you rise in life and elevate your game, it's important to remember that no matter how well-intentioned, helpful or pleasant you are that there are some people who won't want to see you shine. In fact they are hoping to see you fall. So much so that they will try to dismiss you, diminish your achievements, pretend they don't see you rising, assassinate your character, discredit you, talk about you behind your back, use innuendos and sarcasm to try to get at you or attempt to eat from your plate without putting in the work to make the meal.
A jealous person won't come out and tell you that they are jealous of you, nor will they admit it to anyone else. Why? Their pride and ego won't allow it. Instead their jealousy will show up in the form of resentment, constant criticism, open hostility, imitation, gossiping, playing down your accomplishments, an insatiable need to try and one-up you, not inviting you to certain events for fear that you will outshine them, not wanting you to come around their other friends for fear that their friends may actually see that you are a stand up kind of person and want to become your friend too, waiting on the sidelines wishing for your demise and last but not least...kicking you when you fall.
Jealousy comes in many forms. Sometimes a person will be jealous of your success or accomplishments, your persistence in pursuing your dreams, your charisma, your happiness and peace of mind, your faith walk, your strength, looks, resources, business savvy, your influence, your marriage, your family relationships, network of people you know or your ability to bounce back from adversity. And jealous people can exist everywhere at work, in church, within your family, with your friends and even within your online social networks….YES faceboooook. See the thing is, when you have a deeper sense of self-esteem, resilience and purpose, it can intimidate others and cause them to resent you, often without even knowing why. Be that as it may, you cannot allow other people's issues with you to cause you to play your life small.
Jealousy is like a parasite. Once you allow it into your space it literally sucks the life right out of you. This is why it is key that the moment you encounter jealousy you cut it off at the head. Don't give jealous people any room in your life to impact you, any space in your head to discourage you or any power to rob you of your peace, purpose or destiny. Simply hold your head up high and continue to do you.
Whether you are dealing with a person who is ignorant, insecure, malicious or miserable, the best thing that you can do when a jealous person comes your way is to put as much distance as possible between you and that person. You cannot afford to allow jealous people to block your blessings and rain on your parade. Success comes at a price…Success can also keep you isolated. Don’t worry it is normal. I am dealing with that right now. Anyway you are amazing. Being amazing comes with haters.
Children have never been perfect at listening to their parents, but they have never failed to imitate them.
1. Walk the talk — always set a great example.
It’s not what you say, it’s how you live your life every day. Don’t tell your children how to live; LIVE and let them watch you. Practice what you preach or don’t preach at all. Walk the talk. Your children look up to you and they will emulate your actions and strive to become who you are.
So BE who you want them to be.
In other words, be the change you want to see in your child. Give what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect, and mirror what you admire. Every single day.
Your children are the greatest gift life will give you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility it will place in your hands. Take time with them, and teach them to have faith in themselves by being a person they can have faith in ..... a person they can trust without question. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.
2. Reduce YOUR stress level in the household.
Not easy, I know, but believe it or not what children want from their parents more than anything else is for them to be happier and less stressed.
3. Believe in your children.
The greatest compliment you can give to a child is to believe in them and let them know you care. When you see something true, good and beautiful in them, don’t hesitate to express your admiration. When you see something that is not true, good and beautiful in them, don’t neglect to give them your wholehearted assistance and guidance.
The simple act of believing that your child is capable and worthy makes a big difference. It gives them confidence and makes them feel qualified to do great things.
4. Praise your children for their effort, not their intelligence.
Based on the point above, this might sound a bit counter intuitive, but when you praise a child’s efforts you are bringing attention to something they can easily control — the amount of effort they put in. This is immensely important because it teaches them to persist, and that personal growth through hard work is possible. They come to see themselves as “in control” of their success in life.
Emphasizing God-given intelligence takes progress out of your child’s control, and it provides no good recipe for responding to a failure. In turn, your child may begin to think that innate intelligence is always going to be a missing ingredient for them, and disregard the importance of their effort to learn and grow. With that said, a word to the wise: Don’t over-praise your children for no reason. Make sure your gestures of praise are warranted. Because if every single move your child makes is based only on rewards like constant praise, when the praise stops, the effort stops too. And that’s not good because it means they won’t be able to perform well when you’re not around.
5. Don’t read TO your children, read WITH them.
Got a youngster who’s learning to read? Don’t let them just stare at the pictures in a book while you do all the work by reading every word to them. Instead, call attention to the words. Point to them. Point to the pictures that illustrate them.
Read WITH them, not to them.
Research shows this tactic helps build a child’s reading comprehension. When shared book reading is enriched with explicit attention to the development of a child’s reading skills, it truly becomes an effective vehicle for promoting early literacy. Perhaps even more importantly than that, it makes learning more fun. And as you know, fun times are happy times in a child’s mind.
6. Eat dinner together as a family.
Eating dinner together makes a difference. Research suggests that children who enjoy family meals have larger vocabularies, better manners, healthier diets, and higher self-esteem in the long run. Even if eating dinner together every night isn’t possible, you should make it a point to eat together as a family at least once a week.
Even if eating dinner together every night isn’t possible, you should make it a point to eat together as a family at least once a week.
7. Create logical, reasonable rules and boundaries for your children.
Children don’t do well in a free-for-all environment. It’s a myth that being too strict guarantees rebellion and being permissive drives better behavior. From the research we’ve done, it’s clear that children who go crazy and get in trouble mostly have parents who don’t set reasonable rules and boundaries. If their parents are loving and accepting no matter what they do — even when they are unruly — children take their parent’s lack of rules as a sign that they don’t really care about them — that they don’t really want the job of being parents in the first place.
On the flip side, parents who are consistent in enforcing rules and boundaries are often the same parents who become the closest with their children. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should over-do the rules, or make rules just for the sake of making rules. Parents that are too controlling raise children that are stifled and bored. And stifled, bored kids are likely to rebel.
Seattle police officers shot pregnant woman seven times and one of the bullets struck her unborn baby boy, autopsy reveals
The father of a pregnant woman who was shot dead by police officers after she called to report a robbery in June has released her autopsy report.
Charleena Lyles was nearly four months pregnant on June 18 when she called police to report an Xbox stolen at her Seattle apartment.
It's still unclear how the confrontation unfolded, but in less than three minutes, the two officers opened fire on the 30-year-old in front of three of her four children.
The officers, Jason Anderson and Steven McNew, said that they started shooting at Lyles when she lunged at them holding knives.
The autopsy report, released Wednesday, shows that Lyles was shot seven times, including twice in the back.
One of the bullets perforated her uterus, striking her unborn baby boy. Both mother and son died at the hospital. The unborn baby boy would have been Lyles' fifth child.
The report also included toxicology reports, showing that Lyles didn't have alcohol or drugs in her system at the time.
Her father, Charles Lyles, told The people: 'Hearing the details of the shooting just makes me feel more empty. I lost my daughter and my next grandson. I just don't have the words.'
The fact that she was shot in the back leads family members to question the officers' side of the story.
'Did they shoot her as she fell to the ground? Was she running away?' cousin Katrina Johnson asked. 'How did she get shot in the back? I still don't know that and understand that, but any which way, it was excessive force. Seven times for her little pregnant 100-pound self was out of control.'
Koehler said that they decided to release the autopsy report to dispel the public assumptions about the case.
'If you have been reading the dialogue you might have assumed she was a poor, single black woman with multiple children who must have been on drugs, and that is a false assumption and a false narrative,' Koehler told the people.
Jason Anderson (right) and Steven McNew (left) are the two officers who shot Lyles dead. They are on paid administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigationRead more
The incident happened in Upminster, east London, on Friday night.
Two more men have been arrested after an 11-year-old boy was shot during a home raid in east London.
Both men, aged in their thirties, are in police custody following the incident in Kerry Drive, Upminster, on Friday night.
One has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, while the other was held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary and assisting an offender.
It comes as Christopher Sargent, 26, of Macaulay Road, East Ham, east London, was due to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with aggravated burglary and possession of a knife.
Scotland Yard previously said the homeowner opened the front door to someone claiming to be a delivery driver, who then, along with others, forced their way into the property.
The boy suffered a gunshot injury and is in a serious but stable condition in hospital, while a man aged in his forties suffered cuts to his head.
A number of suspects escaped before officers arrived, and two firearms were recovered from the address, police said.
Detective Inspector Matt Webb said: “Enquiries into the circumstances of what happened continue and we are grateful to the public who have come forward so far.
“Anyone with any information is asked to contact police or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers.”
Frederick John Dealtry Lugar got 3 different tribes with different beliefs and religion, put them together by force and called them Nigeria. The name of the tribes are Yoruba Igbo and Hausa. Nigeria simply means “The Nigger Area” or “Land of the Black slaves”. The name Nigeria was not taken from the Niger River running through the country.
Nigger was a common derogatory slang used for slaves!
I don’t understand our mediocrity as Africans, we have so much information at our disposal but we choose not to research but dwell and believe information about us from other people and by other people I mean none Africans.
Chinese people have a Chinese God
Indian people have an Indian God
European people have a European God
African people have a European God
Nigeria is blessed with men who were strongly built and were expert cotton farmers.
It was only wealthy plantation owners that could afford slaves from “Nigeria”.
No Little wonder, slaves from our country were nicknamed “black gold” and the British slave ship named “White Lion” brought them into Virginia. Damn!
Nigeria is simply a geographical expression of the imperialists’ greed and spite.
Who gave River Niger its name?
It is the European Slave traders and they did it for easy mappings! Who on Earth could have thought of that if not the European slave traders having foresee what will become of us as the most Populated Black Nation.
River Niger was the longest cutting accces across many black lands.
River Niger simply means the River of Niggers or Negroes as you wish to say.
Nigerians must have an open mind to first agree that most of what we were taught in Nigerian history is distorted and made to confuse us the people and also disconnect us from the truth.
The imperialists were very brutal with no humane sentiments to Africa.Read more