In Case You Missed It: 2/27/17 – 3/5/17

By Raevyn Goates on March 9, 2017

AkonlightingAfrica.com

Akon speaks at the Powering Africa Summit in 2016. The rapper is currently in Gambia to bring solar energy to isolated populations within the country.

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news, Akon brings light to Gambia, and a new sickle cell treatment brings hope to millions.

Akon Arrives In Gambia

Rapper Akon arrived in the Gambia this week as part of his “Akon Lighting Africa” initiative. He will meet with Gambian President Adama Barrow before launching a solar power project in the country.

He will also meet with local young people as part of a youth empowerment program called “‘the Role of Young People in Building a New Gambia.”

Akon, who was born in the United States but raised primarily in Senegal, has made it a personal goal to bring electricity to millions of people throughout the African continent, particularly to those in rural or isolated areas.…

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In Case You Missed It: 9/19/16 – 9/25/16

By Raevyn Goates on September 26, 2016

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

Leslie Lumeh uses his artwork to chronicle the ongoing effects of Ebola in Liberia.

In this week’s news, France invests in Africa, art saves lives, and floating power plants make waves off Africa’s coast.

Man Used Art to Save People During Ebola Crisis

During last year’s major Ebola outbreak, UNICEF called on artists to create informative posters on how to stay safe.

One artist, a Liberian named Leslie Lumeh, spoke about his work with CNN this week. While Liberia has been declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization, Lumeh has continued to document the diseases’ effects on the country through his art.…

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