Finally, Akon finalizes deal to build own city in Senegal
US singer and businessman of Senegalese descent, Akon, has finalized agreement to build ‘Akon City’, a futuristic city in Senegal.
The Grammy-nominated singer took to his social media page on Monday to announce the finalization of the project with anticipation of hosting people there in the future.
“Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future” he wrote.
In 2018, the rapper and entrepreneur had talked about building a new futuristic ‘Crypto city,’ in his home country, which will trade exclusively in his own digital cash currency called ‘AKoin’.
In December last year, he also discussed his plans for the new city while speaking with Nick Cannon.
“It’s a 10-year building block so we’re doing it in stages,” he had said. “We started construction in March (2019) and stage two is going to be 2025.”
According to AKoin’s official website, the city will be a five-minute drive from the West African state’s new international airport.
Akon, known for songs like ‘Locked Up’, ‘Lonely’ and ‘Oh Africa’, had earlier announced his plans to build a futuristic “100 percent crypto-based city” on 2,000 acres of land.
The talented singer is among globally acclaimed artistes who appear to be reconnecting with their African roots, having recently announced his move to Senegal after many years of living in the United States.
In September, he had used Wizkid, Davido and P-Square as case study, when stating that contracts don’t exist in Africa, especially Nigeria.
According to him, “all you need is just to shake hands for a deal to be struck.”
“I never left music alone, cause, when I was in Africa, I was building the Afrobeats scene. when I first went out there in 2008, I signed Wizkid and I was doing lots of consulting for lots of artistes. I singed Davido, Psquare. Davido was like my little brother.”
He recently got many Nigerians talking and MI Abaga in trouble after he described Wizkid as “my little bro”.