If you haven’t heard already, then I guess someone has been paying much of their attention to Bruce Jenners’s recent make-over.

In more ground breaking news, singer/producer Akon has been on a mission to provide electricity for over 600 million people living on the continent of Africa. Akon who spent much of his early life in the West African country Senegal, is currently using his resources to establish a solar academy in Mali to teach local citizens about maintaining renewable energy.

Akon spoke with CNN about his project. He talked about his motivation for starting #AkonLightingAfrica, the early struggles of the campaign, and the lack of accountability in foreign aid.

“I realized Africa would have to be built by Africans themselves,” said Akon. “So we wanted to create a generation of doers and people that would actually make a difference, so ultimately I just decided to start with myself.”