Charities in Africa hold down the people – Akon
US-based rapper and record producer Akon has stated that he doesn’t not believe charities are effective in Africa.
“Personally, I don’t think that charities in Africa really work,” Akon said.
“I think it just holds the people down longer than it should. I think the only way to build Africa is to build for-profit businesses that create opportunities and jobs for the people locally.”
The 42-year-old who was born in Senegal also believes that it is better for Africans to start charity projects in Africa instead of outsiders who do not understand the culture of the people they are trying to help.
“One thing I’ve realised about Africa is that only the organisations that involve Africans themselves are successful. A lot of corporations that come with their own policies and try and implement them in Africa fail horribly,” Akon said.
Along with two business partners who are also of African descent, Akon has co-founded an organization called Akon Lighting Africa,which aims to bring electricity to African communities using renewable energy sources.
“The advantage we had is that all three founders are African, so we were able to navigate through each country a lot faster.”
This is Akon’s second charity in Africa, as he also founded Konfidence, a health and education charity.