Akon previously explained his goals for the city in an interview with a television show host, Nick Cannon in December saying;

It’s a 10-year building block so we’re doing it in stages. We started construction in March and stage two is going to be 2025.

The singer has however criticized billionaires who haven’t put their money toward similar efforts.

If you can have a billion dollars sitting in the bank, while you have all these people suffering, it’s crazy to me. It’s like a waste of a billion dollars.