Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Akon gets green light to build his own City in Senegal

Akon gets green light to build his own City in Senegal

In somewhat surreal developments, the celebrated American- born Senegalese, musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist Akon recently took to twitter to celebrate the finalization of his latest major development of his Akon City in Senegal, West Africa.

Akoin was announced in 2020, at around the same time that Akon City was first unveiled as a concept. "Looking forward to hosting you there in the future", he wrote.

The 2,000-acre piece of land to be used was gifted to Akon by Senegalese president, Macky Sall, back in 2018.

The "Smack That" rapper also said the new city would also trade exclusively in his own digital cash currency "AKoin". While Akon has been tight-lipped as to the cost of the City, it is believed that the building of the futuristic city can only be afforded by a billionaire since it's not state-sponsored.

"I think that blockchain and crypto could be the saviour for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people".

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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 global airport.

The city will supposedly be the first ever to run on 100% renewable energy, and will be built in phases over the next 10 years. "We started construction in March and stage two is going to be 2025", Akon noted.

The singer, whose real name is Alioune Badara Thiam, spent his early childhood in Senegal before moving with his family to New Jersey at the age of 7.

Akon previously set up the humanitarian foundation, Akon Lighting Africa, which has won recognition from the United Nations for its work financing solar projects in the continent.

The rapper's plans for his city to run on renewable energy aligns with his "Akon Lighting Africa", charity project, which according to him, has provided "scaled solar power solutions" across 18 African countries.

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