Just in case you’re wondering what Akon is up to lately, he’s busy working on his “futuristic city” in Senegal, West Africa. On Monday, the Senegalese-American singer announced on Twitter that his city project has finally signed a deal with the country’s government.
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
According to multiple sources, the 2,000-acre land (where the Akon City will be built) was given to him as a gift by the President of Senegal, Macky Sall. During his first announced plans in 2018, Akon pledged that it would become an eco-tourism destination, rely on renewable energy, and have its own airport.
Committed to making Africa a better nation, Akon mentioned in his previous interview with Nick Cannon that he wanted to build a city that is not just futuristic but innovative, as well. And part of his outlined plans is to launch “Akoin,” a cryptocurrency under the Akoin Ecosystem that aims to “empower youth entrepreneurship, economic stability, and growth across Africa and the world.”
After news about Akon signing a tourism deal in his homeland circulated the Internet, Twitter users can’t believe that Akon City is really happening:
Can you pliz buy zimbabwe as a whole and restart it bcoz currently its a joke
— october bae🇿🇼🇿🇦 (@SandraMpinganj1) January 13, 2020
When there is a vision , then there is a will , and when you got loads of cash, your VISION definitely WILL be backed by your CASH..
— xtra large De Eagle 👓🎓🇳🇬 (@AjayiSeunLaolu) January 14, 2020
This is how legends are made 🤷🏽♂️
From Senegal, West Africa to St Louis, Missouri 🎶
— J. Leo 🇭🇹 (@jleo509) January 14, 2020
While others are blowing monies in the club and on 🍑 you are channeling yours to a right course. Meaning yourself will benefit from, your children, great grandchildren, your friends and country as a whole will benefit forever and your country as a whole.
— E F F I O N G🤯 (@OfisaacLife) January 14, 2020
Before Akon City, the 46-year-old singer also founded and grew Akon Lighting Africa with the help of global entrepreneurs like Samba Bathily and Thione Niang. This project, which started in 2014, aimed to provide solar power solutions throughout 18 African countries.
He might not have released a new album yet, but it seems like he has been using his power, fame, and money to good use!
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