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. Akon has been working on developing his own city on 2000 acres of land that will be the first solar-powered, crypto city in Africa with "Akoin" being the only currency for all transactional activities and would include an airport. Now he is announcing that he is in the final stages of making it happen.
'Akon Crypto City has opportunities for brands, businesses and high-profile individuals to create wonderful, inclusive experiences in a futuristic environment and welcomes anyone looking to step into the future'.
"Looking forward to hosting you there in the future", he tweeted.
Rapper and would-be crypto-mogul, Akon, has finalized an agreement to build a cryptocurrency-powered city in Senegal. According to Jakarta Post, a spokesperson for the tourism ministry in Senegal, Akon wants to build a "sustainable tourism village that would campaign for the environment".
Paloma Faith and Naomi Campbell are also among the stars who have attended the Cannes Lions event in the south of France this year. While Akon has been tight-lipped as to the cost of the City, it is believed that the building of the futuristic city can only be afforded by a billionaire since it's not state-sponsored.
Akon has always been an activist in his home continent aiming to improve the lives of the millions of citizens that reside there.
Akon has on several occasions explained his goals for the city. Akon Lighting Africa is a project he started in 2014 with Samba Bathily and Thione Niang which aims to provide electricity by solar energy in Africa. Two years after the organization was established, the singer secured a billion dollar credit line to help fund the solar project.