The Uganda government has said it will provide land for Akon to build a satellite city in the country.
The revelation came during a meeting the musician held with the premier at office of the prime minister in Kampala.
“Akon set to build Akon City in Uganda by 2036. Uganda’s Government will give him 1 square mile of land for the project. The city will use AKoin, a stellar-based cryptocurrency.”
The futuristic city according to the rap artist will be named; “Akon City” accommodating Akoin cryptocurrency.
Uganda’s Government has agreed on giving him 1 square mile of land for the project. The city will use AKoin, a stellar-based cryptocurrency.
The exact location where this city will sit has not been confirmed but Parrots UG learned that the decision on where he (Akon) should be allocated land will be reached at today.
The artist, also known as Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam says he hopes that development will see Africa advance to the next level, over the next 15 years.
However, he did not reveal how much money the project will cost. When commenced on, Akon city in Uganda will be a second city on African continent after the first project in his homeland Senegal – “Senegalese Akin City” which is yet to kick off.
Akon and his wife, Rozina Negusei, came into the country on Friday April 2nd, on tourism, energy and investment megadeals.
During his 4 day visit in Uganda, Senegalese-American artist visited Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
A Grammy-nominated singer and record producer, Akon has made headlines in recent years as a pan-African businessman interested in opportunities on the continent of 1.3 billion people. In December a company associated with Akon reached a deal with a state miner to develop a copper and cobalt mine in resource-rich Congo.
Akon City, idea developed from Wakanda – Black Panther.
Akon started a group in 2014 that backs solar energy projects in the rural parts of many African countries. The inspiration for Akon Lighting Africa was deeply personal: he found his grandmother was still using candles in Senegal to light her home.
But Akon’s most ambitious goal is to build a $6 billion utopian city in Senegal that he described as a “real-life Wakanda,” comparing it to the technologically advanced fictional African place portrayed in the blockbuster film “Black Panther.”
The singer last year acknowledged the comparisons made between Akon City and the utopian society in “Black Panther,” calling it an “honor.”
Akon City is envisaged to have its own hospital, police station and even its own cryptocurrency already named AKoin. It promises a bit of everything: a seaside resort, a tech hub, recording studios and even a zone dubbed “Senewood” that developers hope will help develop Senegal’s film industry.
Akon City has been allocated a chunk of land outside the Senegalese capital, Dakar, but construction is yet to start.
Akon’s rise to fame.
Akon, who was born in the United States to Senegalese parents, spent much of his childhood in the West African country, where authorities have embraced him as a native son and praised him for investing in Africa at a time of such global financial uncertainty.
Akon, 47, rose to fame with a debut album in 2004. His hit songs include “Smack That,” featuring rapper Eminem