Akon lights up Africa
Shell and Akon unveil Africa’s first player- and solar-powered football pitch in Lagos, celebrating the potential of renewable energy.
The future of energy is buzzing in the heart of Lagos. Shell joined forces with music superstar and solar entrepreneur Akon to launch a new football pitch at the Federal College of Education, Akoka. The pitch is made from more than 90 underground tiles that capture kinetic energy from the footsteps of players and, alongside solar panels, help power the floodlights. Shell’s ambition was to repeat the success of its Morro da Mineira football pitch in Rio de Janeiro, improving the lives and safety of those in the community through innovaton in energy.
A grant winner of the Shell LiveWIRE programme, Laurence Kemball-Cook of Pavegen, developed the kinetic tiles used on the pitch. These tiles harness energy from players’ footsteps before converting it into electricity used to power the pitch floodlights. Laurence is one of many who have received Shell LiveWIRE grants – supporting entrepreneurs turn bright energy ideas into action.
Akon, alongside DJ Hardwerk, debuted their new song “Tell Me We’re OK” with an exclusive performance for the community on the pitch as part of the opening celebration. His partnership with Shell continues his commitment to helping communities harness renewable sources of energy. "Projects like this innovative football pitch draw attention to the major opportunity that Nigeria as well as the whole of Africa have if we look to better harness new technologies and the continent’s abundant renewable energy resources,” he said.
Akon is already spearheading a large-scale effort to develop solar-powered energy solutions that will provide communities with access to clean and affordable sources of electricity, through Akon Lighting Africa.
First human and solar-powered football pitch
Watch Shell and Akon switch on Africa’s first human & solar-powered football pitch.