Akon Finalises Agreement To Develop His Own City In Senegal
All T’s crossed and I’s dotted, Akon now officially owns a city in Senegal.
Known as “Akon City,” the rapper and entrepreneur tweeted Monday that he has finalised the agreement for the new city.
“Looking forward to hosting you there in the future,” he tweeted.
The Senegalese descent who moved to Union City, New Jersey, at 7, originally announced plans for the futuristic “Crypto city” in 2018 saying that the city would be built on a 2,000-acre land gifted to him by the President of Senegal, Macky Sall.
The new city would also trade exclusively in his own digital cash currency called AKoin, he said.
Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future pic.twitter.com/dsoYpmjnpf
— AKON (@Akon) January 13, 2020
The official website for the proposed city said at the time it would be a five-minute drive from the West African state’s new international airport.
Known for songs like “Locked Up,” “Lonely” and “Oh Africa,” the Grammy-nominated rapper is more recognised as a businessman than a musician these days.
His most recent venture is Akon Lighting Africa which is providing solar power to African countries.
“I really want to make the biggest impact in Africa for sure,” Akon said during a 2013 interview with CNN. “If I could have my way, Africa would be the United States of Africa.”
Recently, Nigerian rapper, M.I Abaga called out Akon for referring to Nigerian mega superstar, Wizkid as a ‘lil bro’. M.I’s criticism was met with backlash on social media as many felt that Akon wasn’t being disrespectful to Wizkid whom he is older than in a lot of ways.