Singer and rapper Akon is using his success and riches to help out poor parts of Africa.
The Locked Up singer can now sing Light Up instead as he plans to bring solar powered electricity to 600 million people in the continent.
Having spent most of his early life in Senegal, Akon knows first- hand what it is like to grow up with little to your name and is one of the ultimate ‘rags to riches’ success stories of our time.
The initiative was originally started over a year ago but such is the way of society, it has oft been overshadowed by more trivial yet scandalous and popular entertainment ‘news’.
Finally, slowly, the initiative is coming together and getting the support and backing it needs. This means that by the end of 2015 there should be a Solar Academy in Mali where students can learn every aspect of installing and maintaining solar-powered electric systems and micro-grids,” it says on the website.
With around 10 months of sunshine a year in Africa, this project could be the solution to a lot of problems in Africa, such as the millions of deaths caused by fires each year.
Laverne Cox to get Tussauds waxwork
American actress Laverne Cox is to be honoured with a waxwork of herself at Madame Tussauds.
What will be the museums first ever transgender figure debuts during Pride weekend on 26 June in San Francisco.
In a statement released on the Tussauds website, Cox- the first trans woman of colour to gain worldwide recognition thanks to her role in Netflix series Orange is the New Black- commented, “I am so deeply honored to have been asked to be part of the Madame Tussauds legacy. When I think about being who I am, a black trans woman from a working class background raised in Mobile, Alabama, this honor feels even more improbable and extraordinary. It is my hope that this will be a source of inspiration for everyone who encounters it to believe that their dreams matter and are possible.”
This achievement is the latest in a growing list of ‘firsts’, she was also the first transgender person to appear in Time magazine and the first to be nominated for an Emmy.
The world-famous waxwork museum stated, “Madame Tussauds is proud to celebrate Ms. Cox’s outstanding achievements and the impact she has made through raising awareness and her stance on equality and inclusion within the LGBT community. Madame Tussauds is honored to represent Ms. Cox and her historic impact.”
TNT Entertainment Siobhan White