It’s not every day you hear news about a celebrity creating their own city, but then Akon isn’t your everyday kind of celebrity. The Senegalese-American singer and rapper has become known in recent years for his philanthropy work in Africa, over the records he releases. However, he is now going one step further by opening his own city in Senegal – Akon City.
Akon and Senegal
This news may come as a surprise to some, but not to all. Akon has always been vocal about his love for Senegal, the country in Africa where he spent a large part of his childhood. Back in 2018, the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, gifted Akon a 2,000-acre piece of land, and it’s back then that the musician came up with the idea. He announced he would be building his own city on that very piece of land, which was initially said to be five minutes from Senegal’s new international airport.
Akon and Africa
However, it’s not just the West African state of Senegal that Akon has been trying to improve. In 2014, the singer and rapper started a project called ‘Akon Lighting Africa.’ The plan was to provide electricity using solar energy throughout the country, initially using solar street lights and small energy systems. There are now 14 nations in Africa that Akon has – quite literally – lit up. The organization now employs over 5000 people and reaches over 100,000 households in the country.
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
Visiting Akon City
So, when can we expect to visit Akon City in Senegal? While the deal was finalized on Monday, January 13, there is still a long way to go before it’s up and running. In an interview in December, Akon explained that it will take ten years to build his city from the ground up. They’re planning on doing it in five-year stages, with the project actually starting back in March 2019. While not a whole lot is known about the city itself yet, what we do know is that it will have its own cryptocurrency known as AKoin.
Not only is this move fantastic for the people of Senegal, but we have a feeling it will drive tourism too. After all, who wouldn’t want to visit Mr. Lonely’s very own city?