The Akon Light up Africa Initiative was born out of a need to support and encourage African growth as well as the empowerment of African youth through projects across electricity, education etc.

Senegalese R&B singer, Akon has been very helpful to different African countries through his Light up Africa initiative, earning himself an award from the TRANSFAST sponsored African Diaspora Awards.

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The CEO and Co-Founder, Thione Niang emerged the winner of the Advocate of the Year Award category at this year's awards.

The awards ceremony which was held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Centre in New York, took place on the 21st of November, 2015 and was well attended by Africans in diaspora who are well known achievers in their various endeavours.

The chosen theme for this year was `Entrepreneurialism in Education’, which ties to the #TRANSFASTPROMISE campaign commitment to entrepreneurialism, through community partnerships and quality customer service.

Since ADA aims to identify and celebrate notable Africans that have excelled in various spheres of life, as well as individuals who have contributed to the advancement of Africans in the Diaspora and the continent as a whole, little wonder the Akon Lighting up Africa project was a deserving awardee.

The director of global e-commerce for Transfast, Mr. Jay Vix, stated in a chat:

“We were thrilled to be a part of this year’s awards and honoured to present the Advocate award to such a deserving recipient. Transfast continues to build robust partnerships with diaspora Africans.”

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TRANSFAST’s African pay-out network is currently spread across 23 African countries and provides services that support cross-border payments solutions to families and friends while also allowing beneficiaries of international money transfer get money directly into their accounts in any currency.

See photos from the Awards in Pulse gallery.