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Akon urged African youth to turn their challenges into profitable ventures

July 25, 2017 lawson james 0 Comments

Akon urged African youth to turn their challenges into profitable ventures

While addressing participants at the YouthConnekt Summit in Kigali, Alima Damala Badara, Akon Thiam, also known as Senegalese-American singer Akon, urged young Africans to seize opportunities to innovate and transform their Challenges in cost-effective projects.

"Young people must be the driving force and take charge of building the future that Africans want. Working collectively and promoting entrepreneurship, creating jobs for Africa's best future," he said. -he declares.

Akon, addressing more than 2,000 youth from across Africa on the last day of the inaugural summit, called on African youth to play an active role in the reconstruction of the continent and not dependent on governments.

"We need to be the driving force for rebuilding Africa, and we can not depend on governments to do it for us." Their job is to lengthen the threshold and ensure that there is accountability That we do, "said the local newspaper The New Times.

The musician is also the founder of the $ 1 billion solar project, Akon Lighting Africa, which aims to provide electricity to some 600 million Africans living in rural communities.

"When I was becoming an animator, I was thinking that I do not want to remember for just singing and dancing. In the end, I had to understand what I can do to help create an inheritance. He hit me in the middle of the first song when the power simply disappeared, "he said referring to the project.

He also called on young Africans to live abroad to always parade Africa and be part of its development.

"The role of youth in the Diaspora is to give back to their countries of origin. Be proud of your country and think about how to participate in the promotion and develop it," he said.

"On the Internet, you will only see historical images and animals, as if Africa is a big jungle, Africans never get a full credit." Animators, filmmakers and producers, the press and anyone Which creates content should participate in the redefinition of this continent, "he added.

The summit, which was jointly organized by the Government of Rwanda with UNCTAD, UNDP and other partners of YouthConnekt, opened on Wednesday 19 July and ended on Friday 21 July with high-level guests, including Including President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group, Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of UNCTAD, as well as young entrepreneurs, artists and opinion leaders from across the continent.

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