Akon created his own city in Senegal called 'Akon City'

Lula Sharp
January 15, 2020

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.

The Senegalese artist first announced his intentions to build a smart city in June 2018 after launching a cryptocurrency called Akoin, which he believes will help "cryptonize daily human and business exchanges" in Senegal, his home country.

Estimates put the cost of constructing the self-sufficient, eco-friendly city at around $2 billion. Now he is announcing that he is in the final stages of making it happen.

"Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal" he wrote, sharing an image from the meeting with Senegalese officials.

SAPCO Secretary General Aliune Ndiaye said that Akon intends to set up a property in Mbodiene's seaside village which is about 75 miles from the Senegal's capital city of Dekar.

By the time Akon City is complete, however, Senegal's latest worldwide airport will be officially opened just a ten-minute drive away. "Looking forward to hosting you there in the future", his said in a tweet.

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In an interview with Nick Cannon in November last year, Akon, 46, indicated that the construction of the city started in March 2019 and would take 10 years to build.

Akon has always been an activist in his home continent aiming to improve the lives of the millions of citizens that reside there.

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.

It is that currency that will dominate the economy of the new Akon City.

Akon also said Billionaires, who can't cater to the needs of the people and solve a problem, are wasting their billions.

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