The famed Senegalese-American singer, Akon, whose name phonetically translates to a colloquial ‘who dat’ in Hindi, created quite a stir when he announced that he would be bringing Solar Power to the continent of Africa. The ALA (Akon Lighting Africa) initiative will provide electricity to millions of households in Africa.
However, we Indians need to be in awe of such a paltry act. Are our artists any less?
The Indomitable Bappi Lahiri has been providing lighting to millions of underprivileged children since time immemorial.
Akon, who has musical masterpieces like Gangsta Bop, Kush and Holla Holla to his credit, will be focussing on harnessing solar energy to create electricity. According to unconfirmed reports, Snoop Dogg got really excited when he heard Akon was going to light up the whole of Africa. When asked if he supports the cause, he responded with a quick fo shizzle.
Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam.
No, that’s not me banging my fist on my keyboard.
In fact, that’s Akon’s full name.
Yes, it reminds you of that runty kid called Bunty, because even his parents forgot what his actual name was.
Akon could have literally chosen any one of those names, and it would have sounded like the name of a rapper. Even Bongo. Especially Bongo.
All I will say is, any man who has Time Bongo in his name, has my utmost respect.
It takes a special kind of dedication and heart to initiate such a project. Most celebrities fall deep into the pits of debauchery and extravagance, forgetting that people are living in miserable conditions, all over the world.
Kim K, you might have given birth to a direction, but it’s Akon who has found his way.
Other musicians known for their charity include Barbara Streisand, Taylor Swift, and Chetan Bhagat. Wait, what is that? He’s not a musician? Please. I’ve heard he is as good a singer as he is a dancer. *cough* Nach Baliye 7 *cough*.
Rest assured, it seems that Akon has finally redeemed himself for Chammak Challo, and it is indeed a feel-good moment when a person considered a role-model by thousands, actually acts like one.