The multi-platinum singer is to be honoured for his contribution towards powering millions of rural homes in Africa and beyond.
Black Entertainment Africa (BET) networks is to present Senegalese-American singer Akon with a humanitarian award tagged ‘Global good award’.
This marks the second installment of the Global Good Award as a part of the BET Awards and honours individuals championing causes which positively impact change and heighten awareness in different parts of the world.
The Grammy award nominee, multi-platinum selling singer, entrepreneur and philanthropist has been picked by the Awards organisers for his noble unrelenting effort towards powering his home continent Africa through a solar light up Africa project aimed at providing electricity to millions of homes in Africa.
Born in America to Senegalese parents, Akon developed a love for Senegal and deep desire to help the nation’s youth. In 2007, he launched the Konfidence Foundation , dedicated to providing Senegalese youth with educational resources and access to health services. In 2014, Akon 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 Africa. He also helped launch the Solar Academy in Bamako, Mali, where engineers will be taught how to develop solar power, and has expanded his impact beyond Africa by teaming up with government officials in several Latin American countries, including Brazil, to bring electricity to needy homes.
The Global Good Award will be presented by Eva Marcille and Jidenna as a part of the BET Awards.
Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the 2016 “BET Awards” will include announced performances by Usher, Future, Alicia Keys , Maxwell and more, as well as a star-studded tribute to legendary pop icon Prince featuring Sheila E ., The Roots , D’Angeloand Janelle Monae on one of the year’s biggest nights in music.
In related news, Black Entertainment Television (BET) in association with Grammy Museum are set to unveil exhibits tagged “Sounds of Africa” of African music acts such as Angelique Kidjo, 2baba, Ice Prince amongst others, on Friday June 24, 2016.
The exhibit is aimed at showcasing and celebrating the unique diversity of African music, and spotlighting African winners and nominees of both the GRAMMY Awards and the BET Awards.
Located on the third floor of the Grammy Museum, the display is an extension of the 16th annual “BET Awards ” and the 2016 BET Experience at L.A. LIVE.
The BET Awards premieres on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday 28 June at 19:00 CAT.