Singer Akon Builds School in His Homeland Senegal

R&B singer Akon, who was born in the U.S. but raised in Senegal, has funded a new school in his ethnic homeland. The singer used his own personal finances to open the educational facility in the country via his Konfidence Foundation charity, which he set up to create a better future for African children. Akon tells Allhiphop.com, “It all strung from concept of creating a better future for the kids in Africa. I started realizing as I was growing up and as I was coming up in this business, I allowed myself to be educated, period. And I think that was the moment where I became more of an entrepreneur; I understood what the essence of business was.” “You start to realize education really is the key. You (have) just got to allow yourself to absorb the information and properly use it. With that thought in mind, when we created the Konfidence Foundation, it was more so to find a platform to educate all these children so that they can have a better future with what’s left to develop in Africa. We built my first elementary school in Senegal, which is an incredible accomplishment because I did it with my own money, my tour money and did it myself.”

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