Big ups to Akon. It’s just been revealed that BET will be honoring the hip-hop superstar and global humanitarian as the recipient of their 2016 Global Good Award. The award will be presented at the BET Awards.
This is the second annual Global Good Award to be awarded. The award is part of the BET Awards and honours individuals championing Causes around the world. The award aims to highlight those who have positively made an impact and heightened awareness in different parts of the world. Akon is a Grammy- and BET Award-nominated, two-time multi-platinum musical artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Additionally he’s been involved in Lighting Africa campaign that is aimed a providing electricity is various parts of rural 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.