Singer and entrepreneur, Akon has announced the finalized agreement for ownership of his new city in Senegal known as “Akon City.”
While making the announcement on Twitter, Akon told his fans he was “looking forward to hosting you there in the future.”
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 Senegalese decent, originally announced plans for the futuristic “Crypto city” in 2018, adding that the city would be built on a 2,000-acre land gifted to him by the President of Senegal, Macky Sall.
He said the new city would also trade exclusively in his own digital cash currency called AKoin.
The official website for the 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 artiste is more recognized as a business man than a musician in recent time.
During a 2013 interview with CNN, Akon said;
I really want to make the biggest impact in Africa for sure. If I could have my way, Africa would be the United States of Africa.
His most recent venture is Akon Lighting Africa which is providing solar power to African countries.
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.