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Singer Akon plans to build city hub for crypto in Senegal

By Lawrence Gash

Singer one step close to launching Akon City, after gift of land from Senegalese president

Akon Ethernal City
Akon

Singer Akon is one step closer to building own his own city in Senegal, which he hopes will become a hub for the development of crypto technology throughout Africa.

The US artist of Senegalese descent tweeted a photo of him with government officials and the caption: “Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future.”

Speaking towards the end of 2019 at WebSummit, the largest technology conference in Europe, Akon lamented the lack of technological development that he had noticed when he returned to West Africa from the United States.

With gift of 2,000 acres of land from the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, the singer hopes to help technology in the country and the wider continent level up.

The singer has vowed that Akon City will be a “100 per cent crypto-based city with Akoin at the center of transactional life." Founded in 2017 by Akon and entertainment industry entrepreneur Jon Karas, the Akoin Ecosystem and its associated Akoin cryptocurrency looks to bring crypto technology to everyday Africans.

Akon has previously argued that Akoin could be “the saviour of Africa in many ways,” as a cryptocurrency "allows the people to utilise it in ways where they can advance themselves and not allow government to do those things that are keeping them down."

The singer has outlined his desire to build a “real-life Wakanda”, referring to the fictional high-tech nation in Marvel’s Black Panther film and comic books.

As well as being driven by crypto-technology, Akon City will become the first Senegalese city to be certified by the government’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The singer described it as “the Akon-tainment solar city” and revealed his hopes to make it “all renewable.”

The transition from ‘Smack that’ and ‘Sexy Chick’ singer to modern day Romulus may surprise some. However, Akon has been engaged in a number of business ventures since finding success. He owns a diamond mine in South Africa and hopes to bring electricity to 600 million Africans with his ‘Akon Lighting Africa’ project.

Located five minutes from Dakar’s new international airport and costing $2bn (£1.54, €1.8bn) to build, the city's planned completion date is sometime around 2030.

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