I came to the United States in 2010 and despite my level of education in Africa and so-called “exposure,” I had never enjoyed light supply for more than one hour a day before that. As a child and into adulthood, my family cooked with firewood lighted by kerosene. It’s hard to even breathe when the whole house is filled with smoke, yet I would be expected to study by the light of our kerosene lantern in the same house. I am blessed that I did not develop any health conditions, especially sight problems, but my little sister was not that lucky. Today she needs eyeglasses to read and even walk around. Fortunately, she now has the battery lamp I gave her the last time I visited Nigeria, but millions of people still face similar problems in rural communities. However, the problem of energy poverty isn’t confined to the home. In my rural community in Nigeria, there is no high school that has electricity, much less kindergarten or elementary school. For activities that required power, like science experiments, we relied on a rented cell battery, and we had to contribute money before we could have our science exam. Nothing has changed the last time I visited my home village. Instead, things were far worse than when I left school.