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AKON’S DONATIONS TO AFRICA

Posted by ALPHA88 CHARITY | Jan 12, 2019

Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, more commonly known as Akon, is a famous rapper that is not only talented but charitable as well. He is of Senegalese descent and had been picked on growing up because of his race and “African-inspired clothing.” With a family in love with music, his rise to fame was all but inevitable. He wanted to use the fame he acquired for more than just himself. Most recognize him as the Akon who brought electricity to parts of Africa, but Akon’s donations involve a variety of charities in Africa and the United States.

Peace One Day

The first charity that Akon participated in was Peace One Day in 2014. With conflict going on in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jeremy Gilley was among the people in the country in 2001. He saw the conflict first hand and decided that one day of peace was in order. He petitioned governments to establish one day of peace in the region, and the U.N. General Assembly passed it.

In 2014, the Day of Peace in Goma took place with a concert headlining Akon with special guest Jude Law. The day before the event, Law addressed local and foreign journalists and asked them to spread and report nothing but positivity on this day.

The concert was held at the Goma airport, which the government shut down for the event. They performed the concert hoping to promote nonviolence and global ceasefire. To be able to make peace for one day in a violent area like Goma opened up the same possibility in other areas of the world. Hopefully, these countries could witness and also be encouraged to end the violence. The concert raised revenue from the video that was made, which was then given back the community.

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